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Update on "Gene-sharing possible between viruses, protozoa & bacteria?"

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Default Update on "Gene-sharing possible between viruses, protozoa & bacteria?"



I know I've asked this before but since I wasn't getting answers in the other section, I decided to put his in a different area. Anyway, kindly bear with me.

In addition to my previous post, I happen to come across an article that further piqued my curiosity.
Since I read that article in Discover magazine (April 2010, page 80) - where an amoeba was discovered to have a virus inside, and the article further stating that "viruses and bacteria can swap genes" (quoting from that article) - it made me wonder: can viruses really also get genes from a protozoa, as well as from bacteria and vice-versa?

Is that scenario possible?
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Default Re: Update on "Gene-sharing possible between viruses, protozoa & bacteria?"

bacteria, bacteriophages, plasmids & viruses can all share (lose/& aquire) genes though viral -bacterial gene transfere occurs less frequently.
Horizontal/lateral gene transfere.
google Paramecium Bursaria Chlorella virus.
not sure about sharing with protozoa as they are eukaryotes are you sure the article said as such???
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