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A comparative categorization of gene flux in diverse microbial species

Wiezer, Arnim ; Merkl, Rainer
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Date of publication of this fulltext: 13 Nov 2009 10:45


Abstract

Microbial genomes harbor genomic islands (GIs), genes presumably acquired via horizontal gene transfer (HGT). We compared GIs of hyperthermophilic, thermophilic, mesophilic, and pathogenic/nonpathogenic species and of small and large genomes. The COG database was used to characterize gene-encoded functions. Putative donors were determined to quantify gene flux between superkingdoms. In ...

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