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Passages Found Through Labyrinth of Bacterial Evolution

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Science  08 Aug 2003:
Vol. 301, Issue 5634, pp. 745-746
DOI: 10.1126/science.301.5634.745a

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Many genes have jumped between microbial species, leading evolutionary biologists to conclude that microbial ancestries would be difficult, if not impossible, to untangle. Now on page 829, a team reports identifying numerous genes that have been faithful to their genomes, making bacterial classification feasible.