Gonorrhea Bacterium Has Picked Up Fragment of Human DNA, Says Research

by Kathy Jones on  February 14, 2011 at 8:15 PM Genetics & Stem Cells News
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Researchers from the Northwestern Medicine University have revealed that the bacterium that causes Gonorrhea has picked up a fragment of the human DNA.
 Gonorrhea Bacterium Has Picked Up Fragment of Human DNA, Says Research
Gonorrhea Bacterium Has Picked Up Fragment of Human DNA, Says Research

While there have been cases of bacteria and viruses exchanging genetic materials, this is the first time that scientists have found evidence that bacteria have picked up human genes.

The researchers are certain that this exchange is a recent one since there are no signs of human genes in bacteria that cause bacterial meningitis.

"This has evolutionary significance because it shows you can take broad evolutionary steps when you're able to acquire these pieces of DNA. The bacterium is getting a genetic sequence from the very host it's infecting", lead researcher Hank Seifert wrote in this report published in the journal, mBio.




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ennairam_23 Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Bacterial evolution. I don't know what the effect of the findings of this study is.

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