- Bdelloid rotifers are tiny aquatic invertebrates. They are capable of asexual reproduction, and a number of lines of evidence suggest that they are, in fact, ancient asexuals [1, 2] They appear to acquire large numbers of genes from their environment . We are interested in tracking the fate of these genes over time to answer the following questions:
- Can foreign genes successfully integrate into existing eukaryotic genomes?
- Can foreign genes serve as important sources of evolutionary novelty in an asexual organism?
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