Keeping Pace with Opportunistic DNA

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Science  22 Mar 2002:
Vol. 295, Issue 5563, pp. 2219-2220
DOI: 10.1126/science.1070209

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Lateral DNA Transfer Mechanisms and Consequences. Frederic Bushman. Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, Cold Spring Harbor, NY, 2002. 464 pp. $59, £43. ISBN 0-87969-603-6. Paper, $39, £28. ISBN 0-87969-621-4.

Readers from graduate students to established researchers will find much of interest in Bushman's discussions of how lateral transfer occurs, the extent to which it happens, its implications for our understanding of biology, and its consequences for medicine.