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Parasitic Plants Are Stealing Genes From Their Hosts
2012-06-08 07:41:04

New research published today in BioMed Central's open access journal BMC Genomics reveals that the Malaysian parasitic plant Rafflesia cantleyi, with its 50cm diameter flowers, has 'stolen' genes from its host Tetrastigma rafflesiae. Analysis of these genes shows that their functions range from respiration to metabolism, and that some of them have even replaced the parasites own gene activity. Vertical gene transfer is that between parents and their offspring, while horizontal gene...