Genetic Exchange among Bdelloid Rotifers Is More Likely Due to Horizontal Gene Transfer Than to Meiotic Sex

@article{Debortoli2016GeneticEA,
  title={Genetic Exchange among Bdelloid Rotifers Is More Likely Due to Horizontal Gene Transfer Than to Meiotic Sex},
  author={Nicolas Debortoli and Xiang Li and Isobel Eyres and Diego Fontaneto and Boris Hespeels and C. Q. Tang and Jean-François Flot and Karine Van Doninck},
  journal={Current Biology},
  year={2016},
  volume={26},
  pages={723-732}
}
Although strict asexuality is supposed to be an evolutionary dead end, morphological, cytogenetic, and genomic data suggest that bdelloid rotifers, a clade of microscopic animals, have persisted and diversified for more than 60 Myr in an ameiotic fashion. Moreover, the genome of bdelloids of the genus Adineta comprises 8%-10% of genes of putative non-metazoan origin, indicating that horizontal gene transfers are frequent within this group and suggesting that this mechanism may also promote… CONTINUE READING
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