Lucy in Newsweek

Curtis Clark jcclark at CSUPOMONA.EDU
Fri Apr 2 21:01:55 CST 2004

At 20:48 2004-04-02, HJJACOBSON at AOL.COM wrote:
>Let me add to your comments that conserved segment of
>DNA are thought to "operate independently." That is why they are thought to be
>more reliable than morphological characters.

No, sorry, by "operate independently" I meant that they would be inherited
independently of their organisms. One could make a case that lateral
transfer is exactly that, but one could also make the case that, among
eukaryotes, lateral transfer is very much less common that longitudinal
(generation-to-generation) transfer.

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