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Saturday, Apr 20, 2013 - 4:00 AM    "Microbial Genetics" Microorganisms have evolved several mechanisms for conserving and transmitting traits to each other. This episode investigates the three major mechanisms and how they enable microbes to not only pass on traits to off-spring but exchange them with each other within the same generation. Horizontal gene transfer is a major reason microbes can adapt so rapidly to environmental changes either natural or anthropogenic. D
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