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Happenings in the insect world
by Sujai Kumar
on March 8, 2016 at 12:18 AM
Dear Kathy and Lynn - the 1/6th foreign DNA story is an artifact of bacterial contamination as shown by two separate re-analyses of the tardigrade DNA data (the real number is closer to 1% horizontal gene transfer or HGT, which is not unusual for animal genomes). No evidence for extensive horizontal gene transfer in the genome of the tardigrade Hypsibius dujardini Identifying contamination with advanced visualization and analysis practices: metagenomic approaches for eukaryotic genome assemblies  
Sujai (Disclaimer - I'm an author on the first paper)
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