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GALVESTON — A pygmy sperm whale found stranded on a West End beach early Wednesday will be euthanized to end its suffering, a Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network official said.
Published February 26, 2011
GALVESTON — Results from tests performed on a beached female pygmy sperm whale revealed the animal suffered from a bacterial infection that couldn’t be treated, an official said Friday.
Microbes can also evolve enhanced capabilities for degrading oil. One of the most rapid ways this can happen is by horizontal gene transfer (HGT). HGT is a mechanism whereby microbes can share genes with each other—with HGT, a microbe that has the genetic instructions for producing oil-degrading enzymes can transfer copies of those genes to other microbes—even microbes of different species previously incapable of degrading oil components.