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The scale and evolutionary significance of horizontal gene transfer in the choanoflagellate
Background It is generally agreed that horizontal gene transfer (HGT) is common in phagotrophic protists. However, the overall scale of HGT and the cumulative impact of acquired genes on the evolution of these organisms ...
Ancient gene transfer from algae to animals: Mechanisms and evolutionary significance
Background Horizontal gene transfer (HGT) is traditionally considered to be rare in multicellular eukaryotes such as animals. Recently, many genes of miscellaneous algal origins were discovered in choanoflagellates. ...
Root parasitic plant and shoot parasitic plant obtained Brassicaceae-specific genes by horizontal gene transfer
Background Besides gene duplication and de novo gene generation, horizontal gene transfer (HGT) is another important way of acquiring new genes. HGT may endow the recipients with novel phenotypic traits that are important ...
Evidence for acquisition of virulence effectors in pathogenic chytrids
Background The decline in amphibian populations across the world is frequently linked to the infection of the chytrid fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd). This is particularly perplexing because Bd was only recently ...