chloroplast and other genes (was Lucy in Newsweek)

Richard Pyle deepreef at BISHOPMUSEUM.ORG
Tue Apr 6 11:38:48 CDT 2004

> In some insects there are bacteria and at least one virus I know
> of that are
> transmitted and only transmitted through the egg. Could the
> infection pattern be considered phylogentic?

Interesting!  Yes, that it exactly the sort of thing I was wondering about.

> Some have suggested they are on their way to
> becoming organelles. For that matter could mitochondria
> considered a non-genomic
> indicator of phylogeny?

When I use the word "Genome", I had been defining it as all genetic material
passed from parent to offspring via the gametes, both nuclear and
non-nuclear (or, as our president would say, "nukuler and non-nukuler...")

But the example you give above muddies the waters a bit.


Richard L. Pyle, PhD
Ichthyology, Bishop Museum
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