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Re: Fw: Most popular/common dinosaur misconceptions
On Sun, 20 Aug 2006 12:36:39 +0200 David Marjanovic
> > Lateral (horizontal) gene transfer? Yes, that's another
> possibility. It
> > could have swamped out the ancient polyphyletic signal so that it
> > undetectable today.
> Assuming, of course, that the use of the same bases and amino acids
> and the
> same genetic code had already evolved independently.
> You see, if I
> swap a
> gene from _your_ mitochondria to _your_ nuclei, it simply won't
> Vertebrate mitochondria read one of the "universal" stop codons as
Yes, but we were talking about the possibility of gene transfer between
two or more non-monophyletic *microbes* at ~4 Gya. I am assuming that,
with these simpler organisms, the "rules" governing genetic processes are
a bit lax compared to those in vertebrates.