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Lateral gene transfer enables chemical protection of beetles against antagonistic fungi: Jumping genes in symbionts explain how a beetle and a marine tunicate are protected by highly similar compounds

Lateral gene transfer enables chemical protection of beetles against antagonistic fungi: Jumping genes in symbionts explain how a beetle and a marine tunicate are protected by highly similar compounds

Researchers have discovered that bacteria associated to Lagria villosa beetles can produce an antifungal substance very similar to one found in tunicates living in the marine environment. The researchers revealed that this commonality is likely explained by the transfer of genes between unrelated microorganisms.

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