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Genome Biol. 2006;7(10):118. Epub 2006 Nov 1.

The tree of one percent.

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Institute of Botany, University of Düsseldorf, D-40225 Düsseldorf, Germany. tal.dagan@uni-duesseldorf.de

Abstract

Two significant evolutionary processes are fundamentally not tree-like in nature--lateral gene transfer among prokaryotes and endosymbiotic gene transfer (from organelles) among eukaryotes. To incorporate such processes into the bigger picture of early evolution, biologists need to depart from the preconceived notion that all genomes are related by a single bifurcating tree.

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17081279
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PMC1794558
DOI:
10.1186/gb-2006-7-10-118
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