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Horizontal gene transfer in evolution: facts and challenges
  • L. Boto
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological…
  • 22 March 2010
TLDR
There is a need for a new evolutionary paradigm that includes horizontal gene transfer as well as other mechanisms in the explanation of evolution, including the current neo-Darwinian evolutionary paradigm. Expand
Horizontal gene transfer in the acquisition of novel traits by metazoans
  • L. Boto
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological…
  • 22 February 2014
TLDR
Suspected examples in sponges, cnidarians, rotifers, nematodes, molluscs and arthropods suggest that horizontal gene transfer in metazoans is not simply a curiosity, and the scarcity of studies in vertebrates and other animal groups is stressed. Expand
Nucleotide sequence and deduced functions of a set of cotranscribed genes of Streptomyces coelicolor A3(2) including the polyketide synthase for the antibiotic actinorhodin.
TLDR
The data show that the actinorhodin PKS consists of discrete monofunctional components, like that of the Escherichia coli (Type II) FAS, rather than the multifunctional polypeptides for the macrolide PKSs and vertebrate FASs (Type I). Expand
Low frequency of extra‐pair fertilisations in House Sparrows breeding at high density
TLDR
The frequency of extra-pair fertilisation recorded in this study was low compared with that in other House Sparrow populations breeding at lower densities, or other species that breed in colonies, and it is proposed that under high intra-sexual competition for nest sites (1) males may have limited opportunities to search for females for extra- Pair copulations and (2) the high quality of male nest-owners may reduce female propensity toSearch for additional sexual partners. Expand
Absence of extra‐pair fertilisations in the Chinstrap Penguin Pygoscelis antarctica
TLDR
Genetic relatedness through DNA-fingerprinting in 38 two-chick families of Chinstrap Penguins Pygoscelis antarctica in the Vapour Col colony on Deception Island, Antarctica found that monogamy in the study population is not only social but also genetic. Expand
Human impacts on drainages of the Mesa Central, Mexico, and its genetic effects on an endangered fish, Zoogoneticus quitzeoensis.
TLDR
It is imperative to create an integrative and effective approach for the recovery and conservation of the freshwater fish diversity of Central Mexico that is based on social and natural sciences. Expand
Polymorphic microsatellites in two different species of the genus Zoogoneticus Meek, 1902 (Goodeidae, Actynopterygii)
TLDR
The characterization of 13 microsatellites in Zoogoneticus tequila, a goodeid fish that is extinct in nature and exists only in captivity are described and genetic markers have applications in the study and management of both species. Expand
A reappraisal of the ‘fracticornis–opacicollis’ taxonomic complex of the genus Onthophagus Latreille using allozymes (Coleoptera, Scarabaeoidea)
TLDR
A genetic analysis of nine populations of this complex using eight loci is presented, indicating that O. fracticornis is a good species, and the genetic distances between O. opacicollis and O. similis populations as a function of the biogeographic scenery, indicate that they are not completely reproductively isolated across their entire geographic range, thus suggesting a still unfinished speciation in different areas. Expand
Ecological and Temporal Constraints in the Evolution of Bacterial Genomes
TLDR
The differential contribution to the evolution of bacterial genomes that processes such as gene modification, gene acquisition and gene loss may have when bacteria colonize different habitats that present characteristic ecological features is reviewed. Expand
Fructose 2,6-bisphosphate in Dictyostelium discoideum. Independence of cyclic AMP production and inhibition of fructose-1,6-bisphosphatase.
TLDR
Evidence is provided that the changes in fructose 2,6-bisphosphate levels in D. discoideum development are not related to a cyclic-AMP-dependent mechanism but to the availability of substrate. Expand
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