horizontal gene transfer News

HGT: Growth of antibiotic resistance termed “bacterial sex”

From ScienceDaily: Biologist investigates how gene-swapping bacteria evade antibiotics “One of the prevailing theories for why bacteria make these antibiotic compounds is to fight off competition. But the bacteria that make the antibiotics have to be resistant to those antibiotics. Therefore, many encode antibiotic resistance genes against their own products.” Random genetic mutation is one Read More…

Epigenetics Intelligent Design News

Epigenetics: The carnies have caught up

Unfortunately. Had to happen though. While I (O’Leary for News) was preparing a post on the significance of evolution via epigenetics—changes within parents’ genes in their own lifetime are passed on to offspring— this ScienceBlogs item whistled past the desk and crashed into the Later pile. Well, later is now: For those not familiar with Read More…