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Expression of multiple horizontally acquired genes is a hallmark of both vertebrate and invertebrate genomes [Genome Biology]

by Frédéric Magné - published on , updated on

A fundamental concept in biology is that heritable material, DNA, is passed from parent to offspring, a process called vertical gene transfer. An alternative mechanism of gene acquisition is through horizontal gene transfer (HGT), which involves movement of genetic material between different species. HGT is well-known in single-celled organisms such as bacteria, but its existence in higher organisms, including animals, is less well established, and is controversial in humans.(...)

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