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[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 
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 Monier
Information Genomique et Strucurale - CNRS UPR 2589
(Genomic and Structural Information Laboratory)
Parc Scientifique de Luminy - 163 Avenue de Luminy
FR-13288 Marseille cedex 09 France
Email: adam.monier from igs.cnrs-mrs.fr		
Tel:+33(0)4 91 82 54 34
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