Lateral Gene Transfer in Evolution

  • Uri¬†Gophna

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. LGT-Driven Metabolic Innovations and Adaptations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Itay Levin, Moshe Giladi, Uri Gophna
      Pages 3-14
    3. Claudio H. Slamovits, Adrian Reyes-Prieto
      Pages 15-53
    4. Elena Martinez, Steven Djordjevic, H.W. Stokes, Piklu Roy Chowdhury
      Pages 79-103
    5. Aya Brown Kav, Itai Benhar, Itzhak Mizrahi
      Pages 105-120
  3. The Integration of New Genes into Existing Networks

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 121-121
    2. Elizabeth Skippington, Mark A. Ragan
      Pages 123-135
  4. Inter-Domain Gene Transfer

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 159-159
    2. Julie C. Dunning Hotopp
      Pages 161-179
    3. Laura Gomez-Valero, Mario Neou Bonora, Simonetta Gribaldo, Carmen Buchrieser
      Pages 199-219
  5. LGT, Speciation and the Tree/Web of Life

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 241-241
    2. Cheryl P. Andam, Johann Peter Gogarten
      Pages 263-274
    3. R. Thane Papke, Adit Naor, Uri Gophna
      Pages 275-289
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 291-294

About this book


Although the phenomenon of lateral gene transfer has been known since the 1940s, it was the genomics era that has really revealed the extent and many facets of this evolutionary/genetic phenomenon. Even in the early 2000s with but a handful of genomes available, it became clear that the nature of microorganisms is full of genetic exchange between lineages that are sometimes far apart. The years following this saw an explosion of genomic data, which shook the "tree of life" and also raised doubts about the most appropriate species concepts for prokaryotes. This book represents the manyfold contributions of LGT to the evolution of micro and, to an extent, macroorganisms by focusing on the areas where it has the largest impact: metabolic innovations and adaptations and speciation.

Editors and affiliations

  • Uri¬†Gophna
    • 1
  1. 1.George S. Wise Faculty of Life Sciences, Department of Molecular Microbiology andTel Aviv University Ramat AvivTel AvivIsrael

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