Human DNA Features Genes from Plants, Microorganisms

(UPI) – Genes will regularly jump ship, linking up with another organism, if given the chance. It’s a process known as horizontal gene transfer. But previously, scientists believed this was mostly a strategy of smaller organisms. A new study, however, suggests natural transgenics is equally common among larger species like humans. In fact, it’s now clear that humans regularly swap genes with the germs they host and the plants they eat.

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