The animal gut as a melting pot for horizontal gene transfer

N. Shterzer, I. Mizrahi

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In this minireview, we examine horizontal gene transfer (HGT) events in the mammalian gastrointestinal tract and their role in the evolutionary adaptation of microorganisms to the gut environment. We explore the notion of the mammalian gut as a melting pot of genetic exchange, resulting in the large extent of HGT occurrence.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)603-605
Number of pages3
JournalCanadian Journal of Microbiology
Issue number9
StatePublished - 11 Feb 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Conjugation
  • Gut microbiome
  • Horizontal gene transfer
  • Phages
  • Plasmids


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