Several years ago while studying for my oral exams I ran across an
article that stated that there may be a fourth major way by which some
bacteria (archea) can exchange DNA, ie.:
2) Transduction (both general and specific)
4) Rhodofection (or rhodocapsulation)???
I do not recall much about the article except that the author said that
some types of bacteria (either Rhodobacteria or Rhodococcus I don't
remember which) are able shed small segments of DNA (plasmids?) which are
enclosed in a lipid membrane. Has anyone heard of this sort of phenomenon?
Perhaps I fell asleep while studying and just dreamt that I read it? The
people in my lab think I'm nuts :-) Thanks in advance.