Horizontal Gene Transfer Between Eukaryotes and Viruses

Margit Schafer


Gene exchange that is happening between hosts and viral cells is acting as a key factor for horizontal gene transfer. Before this moment most of our understanding of the process came from bacterial and viral organism and their co-evolution. However, the importance of this interaction remains merely up to theory and anecdote at this current date and time. In this study the focus was on systematically characterized viral–eukaryotic gene exchange across eukaryotic and viral diversity. Through the through study of thousands of transfers and taking further note on their frequency and predicted/intended function, in Nucleocytoviricota. In the case of viral derived eukaryotic genes, similar interaction was studied and recorded. 

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