Hmm... horizontal gene transfer among bacteria isn't all that rare really. In fact, I am pretty sure it is quite common with certain prokaryotes.
An interesting thing you reminded me of that was so obvious yet slipped my mind: this isn't bacteria to bacteria we are talking about, it is food in one's gut to gut bacteria.
But it seems that lately (like in the past decade), biologists have been talking about horizontal gene transfer even outside of prokaryotes, but I honestly don't know many details. Undoubtedly, this would probably be rare (at least, relative to the same forms of transfer than occur among prokaryotes).
Certainly, it is something I will have to look into more. One paragraph about German researchers and their bees' gut bacteria from a source such as the one posted above will not cut it at all.
I agree that companies like Monsanto only care about profits (but then again which companies don't).
Yup, all corporations only care about profits and are designed by law to be concerned only with making large sums of money for their owners.
What I meant is that it's a good example of what can be completely wrong with this sort of a setup. Not for Monsanto's shareholders, mind you, but anyone and anything else. It's a stupid idea really, these suicide and betrayer genes. Really, really stupid.