Biased gene transfer in microbial evolution

@article{Andam2011BiasedGT,
  title={Biased gene transfer in microbial evolution},
  author={Cheryl P. Andam and Johann Peter Gogarten},
  journal={Nature Reviews Microbiology},
  year={2011},
  volume={9},
  pages={543-555}
}
Horizontal gene transfer (HGT) is an important evolutionary process that allows the spread of innovations between distantly related organisms. We present evidence that prokaryotes (bacteria and archaea) are more likely to transfer genetic material with their close relatives than with distantly related lineages. This bias in transfer partners can create phylogenetic signals that are difficult to distinguish from the signal created through shared ancestry. Preferences for transfer partners can be… CONTINUE READING
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