For The First Time, Bacteria Has Been Seen ‘Harpooning’ DNA and Absorbing It to Speed Up Evolution

For The First Time, Bacteria Has Been Seen ‘Harpooning’ DNA and Absorbing It to Speed Up Evolution

For the first time, bacteria has been seen ‘harpooning’ DNA and absorbing it into itself to speed up its evolution. The breakthrough could help in the fight against antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
Using a microscope and a new dyeing method, scientists observed one of the bacterium’s appendages, which is more than 10,000 times thinner than a human hair, reaching out and extracting DNA fragments from the surrounding environment. It then incorporated it into its own DNA. The process is known as “horizontal gene transfer.”

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