Here’s the story:
Horizontal gene transfer between bacteria and animals
Julie C. Dunning HotoppTrends in Genetics, Volume 27, Issue 4, 157-163, 18 February 2011
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Julie C. Dunning Hotopp
Horizontal gene transfer is increasingly described between bacteria and animals. Such transfers that are vertically inherited have the potential to influence the evolution of animals. One classic example is the transfer of DNA from mitochondria and chloroplasts to the nucleus after the acquisition of these organelles by eukaryotes. Even today, many of the described instances of bacteria-to-animal transfer occur as part of intimate relationships such as those of endosymbionts and their invertebrate hosts, particularly insects and nematodes, while numerous transfers are also found in asexual animals. Both of these observations are consistent with modern evolutionary theory, in particular the serial endosymbiotic theory and Muller’s ratchet. Although it is tempting to suggest that these particular lifestyles promote horizontal gene transfer, it is difficult to ascertain given the nonrandom sampling of animal genome sequencing projects and the lack of a systematic analysis of animal genomes for such transfers.
How’s Darwinism looking now, as the source of most variations over time in life forms? And who predicted this?
Is this why Larry Moran says he is not a Darwinist, but a pluralist?
I’d sell my stock in that firm too, if I ever had any. But now I want him to explain what he includes and excludes in pluralist. If he agrees, the floor here is his, for a while.