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Gene-sharing between Protozoans, bacteria and viruses - is it possible?

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Default Gene-sharing between Protozoans, bacteria and viruses - is it possible?



I've been following the Newsweek stories on the H1N1 virus and it mentions there that the pathogen's genetic makeup is an amalgam of various microbes - even that from bacteria. Furthermore, a mammalian host is a melting pot for sharing genetic material between microorganisms, is that correct?

With that in mind, how possible is it for a protozoa, say, like Toxoplasma gondii, to share genetic material with that of the Rabies virus? When the two end up in a common house cat, is it possible for them to share genetic material with each other?

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