Horizontal Gene Transfer: Definition & Process


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The uptake of DNA from a bacterial cell's environment is called ______.

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1. The passage of genetic material from one bacterial cell to another via a temporary union is called ______.

2. The transmission of genetic material from one bacterial cell to another via a virus is called ______.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet will help you determine what you understand about horizontal gene transfer. Quiz questions will assess you on topics like the uptake of DNA from a bacteria cell's environment and how genetic material is passed between bacterial cells.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You'll be quizzed on the following points:

  • Transmission of genetic material between bacterial cells via a virus
  • The transfer of genetic material between genomes
  • Key facts about horizontal gene transfer

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the uptake of DNA from a bacterial cell's environment
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the passage and transmission of genetic material
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on horizontal gene transfer

Additional Learning

More information on this science subject is provided by the lesson entitled Horizontal Gene Transfer: Definition & Process. Find out more about this area of study via these focal points:

  • The difference between vertical gene transfer and horizontal gene transfer
  • Mechanisms of horizontal gene transfer
  • The importance of horizontal gene transfer with regard to evolution