The second edition of Horizontal Gene Transfer has been organized to provide a concise and up-to-date coverage of the most important discoveries in this fascinating field. Written by the most prominent gene transfer and genome analytical scientists, this book details experimental evidence for the phenomenon of horizontal gene transfer and discusses further evidence provided by the recent completion of genomic sequences from Archea, Bacteria, and Eucarya members. The relevance of horizontal gene transfer to plant and metazoan taxonomy, GM foods, antibiotic resistance, paleontology, and phylogenetic reconstruction is also explored. Horizontal Gene Transfer is essential for microbiologists, geneticists, biochemists, evolutionary biologists, infectious disease specialists, paleontologists, ecologists, and researchers working in plant/animal systematics and agriculture with an interest in gene transfer. This includes scientific researchers from government and industry concerned with the release of genetically modified organisms.

Key Features

Up-to-the-minute reviews, maps, conclusions, urls to relevant websites and colour figures. Unique chapters, for example one written by paleontologists presents data for horizontal gene transfer from fingerprints form the fossil record.


Research-level microbiologists, infectious disease specialists, geneticists, biochemists, evolutionary biologists.

Table of Contents

Foreword Preface Contributors Section I Plasmids and Transfer Mechanisms in Bacteria Chapter 1 Recent History of Trans-kingdom Conjugation Chapter 2 Gene Cassettes and Integrons: Moving Single Genes Chapter 3 A Corynebacterium Plasmid Composed of Elements from Throughout the Eubacteria Kingdom Chapter 4 Horizontal Transfer of Naphthalene Catabolic Genes in a Toxic Waste Site Chapter 5 Horizontal Transmission of Genes by Agrobacterium Species Chapter 6 Horizontal Transfer of Proteins Between Species: Part of the Big Picture or Just aGenetic Vignette? Chapter 7 Transformation in Aquatic Environments Chapter 8 Pseudolysogeny: A Bacteriophage Strategy for Increasing Longevity In Situ Section II Mosaic Genes and Chromosomes Chapter 9 The Dynamics of Bacterial Genomes Chapter 10 Bacterial Pathogenicity Islands and Infectious Diseases Chapter 11 Mosaic Proteins, Not Reinventing the Wheel Chapter 12 Evolutionary Relationships Among Diverse Bacteriophages and Prophages: All The World’s a Phage Chapter 13 Horizontal Gene Transfer in Bacteriophages Chapter 14 Horizontal Transfer of Mismatch Repair Genes and the Variable Speed of Bacterial Evolution Section III Eukaryotic Mobile Elements Chapter 15 Evidence for Horizontal Transfer of P Transposable Elements Chapter 16 The mariner Transposons of Animals: Horizontally Jumping Genes Chapter 17 The Splicing of Transposable Elements: Evolution of a Nuclear Defense Against Genomic Invaders? Section IV Transfer Mechanisms Involving Plants and Microbes Chapter 18 Gene Transfer Through Introgressive Hybridization: History, Evolutionary Significance, and Phylogenetic Consequences Chapter 19 Gene Flow and Introgression from Domesticated Plants into their Wild Relatives Chapter 20 Search for Horizontal Gene Transfer from Transgenic Crops to Microbes Chapter 21 Gene Transfer in the Fungal Host–Parasite System A


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About the authors

Michael Syvanen

Affiliations and Expertise

University of California, Davis, U.S.A.

Clarence Kado

Affiliations and Expertise

University of California, Davis, U.S.A.


"I fully recommend purchase of this book as it sketches out future research areas that are only now gaining prominence." -ASM NEWS (2003) " impressive compilation of almost every aspect of this explosive field. ...I applaud the editors for bringing together this outstanding group of authors to express their views and back it with logic, inference and strong data." —William Firshein, Wesleyan University (2002)