Ancient gene transfer as a tool in phylogenetic reconstruction.

@article{Huang2009AncientGT,
  title={Ancient gene transfer as a tool in phylogenetic reconstruction.},
  author={Jinling Huang and Johann Peter Gogarten},
  journal={Methods in molecular biology},
  year={2009},
  volume={532},
  pages={
          127-39
        }
}
Although horizontal gene transfer (HGT) is often considered as a disruptive force in reconstructing organismal phylogeny, it can also be a valuable phylogenetic tool. A gene in the net of life is often horizontally transferred to the ancestor of a major lineage. If the gene is retained in the recipient and its descendants, it will constitute a shared derived character and mark the recipient and all descendants as a monophyletic group. Additionally, phylogenetically informative HGTs also provide… CONTINUE READING

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