From the Economist:
Alastair Crisp and Chiara Boschetti of Cambridge University, and their colleagues, have been investigating the matter. Their results, just published in Genome Biology, suggest human beings have at least 145 genes picked up from other species by their forebears. Admittedly, that is less than 1% of the 20,000 or so humans have in total. But it might surprise many people that they are even to a small degree part bacterium, part fungus and part alga.
Dr Crisp and Dr Boschetti came to this conclusion by looking at the ever-growing public databases of genetic information now available. They did not study humans alone. They looked at nine other primate species, and also 12 types of fruit fly and four nematode worms. Flies and worms are among geneticists’ favourite animals, so lots of data have been collected on them. The results from all three groups suggest natural transgenics is ubiquitous.
It’s called horizontal gene transfer, and we have been covering it for years.
After all, it is a form of evolution for which there is lots of evidence, unlike the Darwin-in-the-schools textbook rot.
It is nice to be able to talk about evolution when there is actually a subject other than the impostures of the Darwin lobby. We hope to do much more on this in the future.
See also: Human evolution as a narrative
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