A new analysis finds bacterial DNA in the tardigrade genome is mostly contamination
Eye of Science/Science Source
Water bears may not be champion gene borrowers after all, a new analysis suggests.
Researchers in Scotland and colleagues say foreign genes may account for less than 1 percent of the genome of the famously hardy critters, technically known as tardigrades (Hypsibius dujardini). That result, reported in a paper posted online December 1 at BioRxiv.org, directly contradicts a previous study concluding that tardigrades got about 17 percent of their genes from bacteria and other organisms. The earlier study, led by Bob Goldstein at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, was published November 23 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (SN Online: 11/25/15).