An international team led by investigators at University College Dublin describes efforts to sequence and start assessing the genome of a free-living, bacteria-consuming soil amoeba species called Acanthamoeba castellanii. Among the almost 15,500 predicted protein-coding genes in the A. castellanii genome, the researchers uncovered hundreds of genes believed to have made their way into the amoeba via a process known as inter-kingdom lateral gene transfer.

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