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Trends Biochem Sci. 1992 Dec;17(12):489-93.

Evolution by acquisition: the case for horizontal gene transfers.

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Molecular Genetics Laboratory, Salk Institute for Biological Studies, San Diego, CA 92186-5800.


One of the most debated questions in the field of molecular evolution is the possible role of horizontal transfer in evolution. Of all the claims that have been made over the years, those reporting transfers between eukaryotes and prokaryotes are the most controversial. Here we present the cases for and against several such possible gene acquisitions.

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