Intergeneric gene transfer
Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
Summary The marine brown algaEctocarpus siliculosus is invaded by a polyhedric virus, whose genome consists of circular, double-stranded DNA. In laboratory experiments this virus can infect a different host species,Feldmannia simplex. InfectedFeldmannia plants show severe somatic malformations. However, no functional virus particles are formed. SuchFeldmannia plants recover to resume a normal, symptom-free appearance. This result raises the possibility of intergeneric gene transfer in the natural habitat.
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