• Evolutionary change and phylogenetic relationships in light of horizontal gene transfer

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      Contingency; evolutionary change rate; horizontal gene transfer; natural selection; phylogenetic relationships

    • Abstract

       

      Horizontal gene transfer has, over the past 25 years, become a part of evolutionary thinking. In the present paper I discuss horizontal gene transfer (HGT) in relation to contingency, natural selection, evolutionary change speed and the Tree-of-Life endeavour, with the aim of contributing to the understanding of the role of HGT in evolutionary processes. In addition, the challenges that HGT imposes on the current view of evolution are emphasized.

    • Author Affiliations

       

      Luis Boto1

      1. Departamento de Biodiversidad y Biología Evolutiva, Museo Nacional Ciencias Naturales, CSIC, C/ José Gutierrez Abascal 2, 28006, Madrid, Spain
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