The tangled tree: a radical new history of life
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In the mid-1970s, scientists began using DNA sequences to reexamine the history of all life. Perhaps the most startling discovery to come out of this new fieldthe study of lifes diversity and relatedness at the molecular levelis horizontal gene transfer (HGT), or the movement of genes across species lines. It turns out that HGT has been widespread and important. For instance, we now know that roughly eight percent of the human genome arrived not through traditional inheritance from directly ancestral forms, but sideways by viral infectiona type of HGT.
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|Grouping Title||tangled tree a radical new history of life|
|Grouping Author||david quammen|
|Grouping Language||English (eng)|
|Last Grouping Update||2023-11-29 03:47:45AM|
|Last Indexed||2023-11-29 04:06:09AM|
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