Special Issue "Horizontal Gene Transfer and the Last Universal Common Ancestor"


A special issue of Life (ISSN 2075-1729). This special issue belongs to the section "Life Sciences".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (28 February 2014)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Sohan Jheeta
Independent researcher
Website: http://www.hgts.co.uk
E-Mail: sohan7@ntlworld.com
Phone: 0044 (0) 7951 024738
Interests: Conference Convener for "Horizontal Gene Transfer and the Last Universal Common Ancestor" The Open University, UK 5-6 September 2013

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Horizontal gene transfer is an important process in modern biological systems, resulting in the spread of resistance genes among pathogens, and even gene sets for metabolic processes. There is also good evidence for ancient horizontal gene transfer events, indicating that the evolutionary history of genes within genomes is best understood in terms of networks. This Special Issue invites contributions that consider the extent to which horizontal gene transfer contributed to the early evolution of life on Earth.

Dr. Sohan Jheeta
Guest Editor


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  • gene transfer
  • horizontal gene transfer
  • lateral gene transfer
  • phylogenetic reconstruction
  • networks
  • tree of life
  • molecular phylogeny
  • rRNA
  • DNA
  • transformation
  • transduction
  • conjugation
  • membrane vesicle transfer

Published Papers (1 paper)

Life 2013, 3(4), 518-523; doi:10.3390/life3040518
Received: 20 October 2013; Accepted: 22 October 2013 / Published: 28 October 2013
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Last update: 9 October 2013

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