Recurrent invasion and extinction of a selfish gene.

  title={Recurrent invasion and extinction of a selfish gene.},
  author={Matthew R Goddard and Austin Burt},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  volume={96 24},
Homing endonuclease genes show super-Mendelian inheritance, which allows them to spread in populations even when they are of no benefit to the host organism. To test the idea that regular horizontal transmission is necessary for the long-term persistence of these genes, we surveyed 20 species of yeasts for the omega-homing endonuclease gene and associated group I intron. The status of omega could be categorized into three states (functional, nonfunctional, or absent), and status was not… CONTINUE READING
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