Thermotoga heats up lateral gene transfer

Curr Biol. 1999 Oct 7;9(19):R747-51. doi: 10.1016/s0960-9822(99)80474-6.


The complete sequence of the bacterium Thermotoga maritima genome has revealed a large fraction of genes most closely related to those of archaeal species. This adds to the accumulating evidence that lateral gene transfer is a potent evolutionary force in prokaryotes, though questions of its magnitude remain.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Databases, Factual
  • Evolution, Molecular*
  • Genome, Bacterial*
  • Phylogeny
  • Thermotoga maritima / genetics*