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Jinling Huang Horizontal gene transfer in eukaryotes: The weak-link model BioEssays 35

Article first published online: 19 AUG 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/bies.201300007

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This paper suggests that mitochondria and plastids, because of their fixed gene pools and gene loss, cannot explain all or even the majority of bacterial genes in eukaryotes. Foreign genes may enter into eukaryotic recipients through weakly protected unicellular or early developmental stages.

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