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I wonder if anyone is investigating how this DNA sharing affects evolutionary dynamics for these bacteria (compared to "normal" bacterial populations)?

Merry adds:

Here are a few papers I encountered while preparing the post, just to get you started.

1. The Relative Contributions of Recombination and Mutation to the Divergence of Clones of Neisseria meningitidis

2. Genome dynamics in major bacterial pathogens

3. How clonal are bacteria?

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