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.

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