Journal of Molecular Evolution

, Volume 34, Issue 2, pp 126–129 | Cite as

Analyzing the mosaic structure of genes

  • John Maynard Smith


Some genes in prokaryotes consist of a mosaic of regions derived from different ancestors by horizontal gene transfer. A method is described for demonstrating the statistical significance of such mosaic structure and for locating the crossover points separating different regions.


Mosaic structure Recombination Genetic transformation Penicillin resistance 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • John Maynard Smith
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  1. 1.School of Biological ScienceUniversity of SussexBrightonEngland

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