Horizontal gene transfer is not a hallmark of the human genome

Research output: Contribution to journalLetterpeer-review


Crisp et al. recently reported that 145 human genes have been horizontally transferred from distant species. Here, I re-analyze those genes listed by Crisp et al. as having the highest certainty of having been horizontally transferred, as well as 17 further genes from the 2001 human genome article, and find little or no evidence to support claims of horizontal gene transfer (HGT). Please see related Research article: https://genomebiology.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s13059-015-0607-3.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number85
JournalGenome biology
Issue number1
StatePublished - May 8 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Genetics
  • Cell Biology


Dive into the research topics of 'Horizontal gene transfer is not a hallmark of the human genome'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this