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Horizontal gene transfer and the earliest stages of the evolution of life
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Molecular Biology and Functional Genomics.
2009 (English)In: Research in Microbiology, ISSN 0923-2508, Vol. 160, no 7, 473-480 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Horizontal gene transfer (HGT) has been suggested to be the dominant hereditary process at the earliest stages of evolution. I examine this suggestion within the context of the problem of genetic parasites and suggest that extreme rates of transfer may in fact negatively impact evolutionary transitions. In regard to the proposal that HGT is Lamarckian, the apparent conflict between HGT and Darwinian evolution is easily avoided by considering HGT at the appropriate level of selection.

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Elsevier , 2009. Vol. 160, no 7, 473-480 p.
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Horizontal gene transfer (HGT); Evolution; Communal Ancestor; Levels of selection; Lamarckian inheritance
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-35402DOI: 10.1016/j.resmic.2009.07.009ISI: 000271845600006OAI: diva2:287219
Available from: 2010-01-18 Created: 2010-01-18 Last updated: 2015-06-25Bibliographically approved

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