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I think that we are discussing rare "errors" in normal prokaryotic metabolism. Rosie Redfield believes that natural transformation is a variant method of obtaining nutrition---her "genes for breakfast" hypothesis.
That being said, I seem to remember a bit of early literature describing the transfection of bacterial cells by RNA phage genomes. That would be close to the goal, would it not?
Posted by: Mark O. Martin | May 30, 2009 at 11:06 PM