Spirochaetes and their twisted ways.

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Biological systematists have had a long tradition of encountering organisms that are not quite what they seem to be. Among the microbes, horizontal gene transfer and evolutionary pressures result in organisms that have distinguished themselves from their closest relatives. The recent analyses of several Spirochetes reveal members that are not spiral shaped, and ones that appear to have extensively acquired genetic material from phylogenetically distant, but environmentally proximate, organisms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)399-400
Number of pages2
JournalGut Microbes
Volume3
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2012

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Horizontal Gene Transfer
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  • Gastroenterology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Microbiology

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Spirochaetes and their twisted ways. / Vedantam, Gayatri; Viswanathan, V. K.

In: Gut Microbes, Vol. 3, No. 5, 09.2012, p. 399-400.

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