Parasitic plants use stolen genes to make them better parasites

Parasitic plants use stolen genes to make them better parasites

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Some parasitic plants steal genetic material from their host plants and use the stolen genes to more effectively siphon off the host's nutrients. A new study reveals that the parasitic plant dodder has stolen a large amount of genetic material from its hosts, including over 100 functional genes, through a process called horizontal gene transfer.

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