Grand Theft Genome: Genestealers in the Wild
When it comes to gene transfer, most organisms -- yourself included -- play by the rules and stick to sexual and/or asexual reproduction. But then there are the genestealers, organisms that just take the genes they want from other species. Join Robert and Joe as they discuss the mind-bending world of horizontal gene transfer.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Since we recorded this episode, new research has emerged that raises doubts about tardigrade "foreign DNA." We will address the issue in an upcoming STBYM episode.
Image Caption: Behold the mighty tardigrade. (Roland Birke/Getty Images)