LABORATORY OF MOLECULAR EVOLUTION

Publication Type:

Journal Article

Source:

Trends Ecol Evol, ELSEVIER SCI LTD, Volume 9, Number 4, THE BOULEVARD, LANGFORD LANE, KIDLINGTON, OXFORD, OXON, ENGLAND OX5 1GB, p.141-145 (1994)

Abstract:

Recent studies have demonstrated that several classes of transposable elements are widely distributed within eukaryotes. Horizontal transmission of these transposable elements has often been invoked in order to explain the observed variation and relationships within and between species. These same patterns of variation and relationships, however, may originate from processes that do not involve the lateral transfer of genetic material across species.