chloroplast and other genes (was Lucy in Newsweek)

Curtis Clark jcclark at CSUPOMONA.EDU
Tue Apr 6 18:42:37 CDT 2004

At 14:18 2004-04-06, HJJACOBSON at AOL.COM wrote:
>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? Some have suggested they are on their way to
>becoming organelles. For that matter could mitochondria considered a
>indicator of phylogeny?

The difference is that mitochondria are almost always transferred; these
bacteria and viruses may or may not be, so their presence is informative
but their absence is not.

Curtis Clark        
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