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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 HolmesNew Scientist27 June 1998

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