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Surprising role of bacterial genes in evolution


October 11, 2016

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Some levels of gene transfer can result in extensive loss of genes and genome reduction. For the first time, researchers have demonstrated that horizontal gene transfer may play a dominant role in compensating for genome reduction in an endosymbiont--a "host" organism that can obtain genes from another organism that resides within its own cell. This may be a key feature in the evolutionary transformation of an endosymbiont into an organelle. Full Story

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