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Discusses the mechanisms of gene transfer and its wide-ranging biological and health consequences.
DNA and lateral transfer; conjugation, transposition, and antibiotic resistance; phage transduction and bacterial pathogenesis; microbial genomes and DNA exchange; gene transfer by retroviruses; lateral DNA transfer and the AIDS epidemic; genes floating on a sea of retrotransposons; the DNA transposons of eukaryotes - mariners sailing to survive?; lateral transfer in eukaryotic genomes - fluidity in the human blueprint; a transposon progenitor of the vertebrate immune system; DNA transfer among the domains of life; controlling mobile element activity; lateral DNA transfer - themes and evolutionary implications.