[Molecular-evolution] Philosophical question

Adam Monier via mol-evol%40net.bio.net (by adam.monier from igs.cnrs-mrs.fr)
Tue Mar 13 05:06:17 EST 2007


Hi all,

I've got a naive philosophical question: since prokaryotes can gain 
genetic material by non-genealogical tranfer (horizontal gene transfer 
events)
and then transmit it to their next generation, being aware that there is 
a contradiction between gene-level reflections and Lamarkism
and that the gained exogenous genetic materials are under selective 
pressure, can HGT events be considered as part of a Lamarckian process?

Kind regards,

Adam

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