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'Preproduction'

Bacteria Can Acquire DNA in a Meiosis-Like Transfer

By Anette Breindl
Science Editor

Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Scientists have discovered that some bacteria have found a way to combine the advantages of sexual and asexual reproduction, using a process that its discoverers have termed "distributive conjugal transfer" to gain some of the advantages of sexual production while avoiding its drawbacks. For laypeople, sexual reproduction, depending on your point of view, is either what life is all about or what makes this world so complicated.

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