Life 2013, 3(4), 518-523; doi:10.3390/life3040518
Editorial

Horizontal Gene Transfer and Its Part in the Reorganisation of Genetics during the LUCA Epoch

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Received: 20 October 2013; Accepted: 22 October 2013 / Published: 28 October 2013
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Horizontal Gene Transfer and the Last Universal Common Ancestor)
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Excerpt: Currently there are five known mechanisms of horizontal gene transfer (HGT): transduction, conjugation, transformation, gene transfer agents and membrane vesicle transfer. The question here is: what part did HGT play in the reorganisation of genetics during the last universal common ancestor (LUCA) epoch? LUCA is a construct to explain the origin of the three domains of life; namely Archaea, Bacteria and Eukarya. This editorial offers a general introduction to the relevance and ultimate significance of HGT in relation to the LUCA. [...]
Keywords: Horizontal gene transfer; lateral gene transfer; phylogenetic reconstruction transformation; transduction; conjugation; gene transfer agent (GTA); membrane vesicle transfer (MVT); phylogenetic tree of life; origin of life; last universal common ancestor (LUCA)
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Jheeta, S. Horizontal Gene Transfer and Its Part in the Reorganisation of Genetics during the LUCA Epoch. Life 2013, 3, 518-523.

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Jheeta S. Horizontal Gene Transfer and Its Part in the Reorganisation of Genetics during the LUCA Epoch. Life. 2013; 3(4):518-523.

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Jheeta, Sohan. 2013. "Horizontal Gene Transfer and Its Part in the Reorganisation of Genetics during the LUCA Epoch." Life 3, no. 4: 518-523.

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