lateral gene transfer

noun

Medical Definition of lateral gene transfer

: horizontal gene transfer The reason for this breakdown is a process called lateral gene transfer, in which organisms acquire genes not from their parents but by picking up stray fragments of DNA from organisms in their environment.— Bob Holmes, New Scientist, 27 June 1998

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