| McMaster University|
An examination of rates and patterns of lateral gene transfer|
|Date||22 / 01 / 2007|
2:30pm (Coffee served at 2:15pm)|
The genes in all (most?) multicellular organisms are inherited from
their parents. For example you, as a human being, inherited all of your
genes from your mother and from your father. This is not always the case
in single celled organisms such as bacteria. Although these organisms
are for the most part clonal and inherit their genes from a single
parental cell, over evolutionary time, these cells can also obtain genes
from distantly related organisms and can incorporate these genes into
their own chromosomes. This process is known as lateral gene transfer.
This talk will be a discussion of some research looking at the rates
and patterns of this process.
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