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Some Like it HOT: Horizontal Operon Transfer
- Lindsey, Amelia R.I., Newton, Irene L.G.
- Cell 2019 v.176 no.6 pp. 1243-1245
- bacteria, eukaryotic cells, gene expression, horizontal gene transfer, iron, operon, yeasts
- While horizontal gene transfer (HGT) is well documented in bacteria, the role and frequency of HGT across eukaryotes remains poorly understood. Kominek et al. identified a horizontal operon transfer (HOT) event, with clear evidence for selection to facilitate gene expression, that has allowed a group of yeasts to scavenge iron using bacterially derived genes.