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Happenings in the insect world
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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).  
https://doi.org/10.1101/033464 No evidence for extensive horizontal gene transfer in the genome of the tardigrade Hypsibius dujardini  
https://doi.org/10.7287/peerj.preprints.1695v1 Identifying contamination with advanced visualization and analysis practices: metagenomic approaches for eukaryotic genome assemblies  
Regards,  
Sujai (Disclaimer - I'm an author on the first paper)
 
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