horizontal gene transfer

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horizontal gene transfer (uncountable) (abbreviated as: HGT)

  1. (genetics) The transfer of genetic material from one organism to another one that is not its offspring; especially common among bacteria.
    • 2017, BioWare, Mass Effect: Andromeda (Science Fiction), Redwood City: Electronic Arts, →OCLC, PC, scene: Kett: Biology Codex entry:
      Study of kett DNA shows evidence of horizontal gene transfer and the incorporation of genes from dozens of unknown species.