Email updates

Keep up to date with the latest news and content from BMC Evolutionary Biology and BioMed Central.

Open Access Open Badges Research article

The origin and evolution of ARGFX homeobox loci in mammalian radiation

Guang Li and Peter WH Holland*

BMC Evolutionary Biology 2010, 10:182  doi:10.1186/1471-2148-10-182

PubMed Commons is an experimental system of commenting on PubMed abstracts, introduced in October 2013. Comments are displayed on the abstract page, but during the initial closed pilot, only registered users can read or post comments. Any researcher who is listed as an author of an article indexed by PubMed is entitled to participate in the pilot. If you would like to participate and need an invitation, please email, giving the PubMed ID of an article on which you are an author. For more information, see the PubMed Commons FAQ.

Another possible explanation for unusual range of species

Brig Klyce   (2010-07-16 08:39)  Astrobiology Research Trust email

You wrote, "the range of species in which mutation of the ARGFX locus is found do not form a monophyletic group to the exclusion of humans. There are several possible explanations for this unusual pattern." Then you list four possibilities.

I think you omitted an important one, horizontal gene transfer. This also could account for the unusual distribution.

Competing interests

I have no competing interest, technically, but I actively advocate a competing theory, cosmic ancestry. In it, horizontal gene transfer is the dominant means of new gene acquisition.


Post a comment