We have known most of that for 50 or so years. Bacterial conjugation is like sexual reproduction, transduction is like being infected by a virus carrying genetic material, gene transfer agent requires a certain receptor and transformation is like absorbing what comes off/out of the other organism.<quoted text>
We also now know that cross species mutations can be effected through the microbial world with LGT or HGT .
So evolution finds a way, even without the conventional methods.
Still an interesting read. Thanks for the link.