Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Another Example of Extreme Gene Transfer?

The only reason I have a question mark at the end of the title above is that the following study was not a genetic analysis but a protein-based analysis. Nevertheless it is suggestive of wholesale gene transfer having occurred between a retrovirus and mouse mitochondrial DNA.

Hayashida et al., "An integrase of endogenous retrovirus is involved in maternal mitochondrial DNA inheritance of the mouse" in Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications (article in press), doi:10.1016/j.bbrc.2007.11.127.

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