« Talmudic Question #62 | Main | Take Home Lessons from Microbiology »


Mark O. Martin

Great article, Merry! This is a major, major concept for my students (who only get one microbiology course, remember); relating it to the rise of multiply resistant bacteria gets them to sit up and take notice. "Frequent horizontal gene transfer" might sound a little smutty, but the phrase doesn't do the concept justice, as articles like your own demonstrate. I tell my students that Hollywood antics are nothing compared to the promiscuity of the microbial world. It's like someone having children by their Caesar salad.

Your article is a great topic for students to ponder, since we are used to just thinking about some genes undergoing HGT, and mostly via conjugation. Transduction grows more and more important, as I have long suspected.

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been saved. Comments are moderated and will not appear until approved by the author. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.


Post a comment

Comments are moderated, and will not appear until the author has approved them.

Your Information

(Name is required. Email address will not be displayed with the comment.)