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Nathan Myers

Merry hints at my immediate reaction: when we encounter evidence a foreign inclusion in a euk, we are inclined to attribute it to viral activity. To distinguish them, I suppose we would have to sequence very many closely-related nematode species, and note wholesale gene insertions in one but not in clade neighbors. (I assume viruses that infect nematodes are not especially selective.)

But might not a retrovirus be the favored vehicle of a codon-sequence fragment from a bacterium to a nematode, anyway? Could the two be hard to distinguish because they are most frequently the same event?

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