NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – An asexual invertebrate species that can survive harsh environmental conditions seems to owe at least some of its biochemical prowess to genes acquired from other organisms, such as bacteria and fungi, according to a new study.

Researchers from the University of Cambridge and elsewhere used transcriptome sequencing to look at the extent to which foreign genes obtained by horizontal gene transfer are used by the bdelloid rotifer Adineta ricciae, a tiny, stress and desiccation-resistant invertebrate that reproduces asexually.

Get the full story

This story is free
for registered users

Registering provides access to this and other free content.

Register now.

Already have an account?
Login Now.

In Science this week: self-assembly of DNA components in solution, and more.

Genetics and Molecular Research retracts two gastric cancer papers for being "substantially equal" to other papers, according to Retraction Watch.

A new analysis indicates that the Ebola virus behind the current West African outbreak is mutating at about the same rate as other Ebola viruses.

With the launch of Scott Kelly into space today, the study of him and his earthbound brother to disentangle the effects of life in space from the effects of genetics kicks off.

Apr
15
Sponsored by
WaferGen

This live online seminar will highlight recent trends in applying next-generation sequencing in the clinical setting, with a particular focus on oncology and rare disease.