Horizontal Gene Transfer And
Autoimmune Diseases

By Jane Lim | August 2, 2023

The Process Of Horizontal Gene Transfer And Autoimmune Diseases

An image of colorful balls to explain how pathogens transfer their genes in the hosts and cause autoimmune diseases.

After pathogens enter into your blood (Process A), they mutate their genes so that your immune system cannot find them (Process B).  

This causes you to fail to mold a weapon (antibody) to destroy them.  They complete the horizontal gene transfer (HGT) in order to survive your antibodies (Process C).  

You face the dilemma since you are sharing your DNAs with them who act like your brothers and sisters.   When you attack all of them, which is your best defense, the situations are erroneously called autoimmune diseases.

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