Cover : Horizontal transfer of genetic material has been demonstrated on a small scale for several organisms. In this issue, this phenomenon is demonstrated to be widespread in the plant kingdom. On the cover is a Pointillist-like view of the horizontal transfer of transposable elements between palm (top left) and grape (bottom right). The two circles depict the respective DNA molecules and leaf colors indicate the chimeric nature of plants. Horizontal branches on the tree of life at the bottom left illustrate frequent transfer during the evolution of plants. (Cover illustration by Abdelkebir El Baidouri. For details, see El Baidouri et al., pp. 831-838).



Widespread And Frequent Horizontal Transfers of Transposable
Elements In Plants

EL BAIDOURI M, CARPENTIER MC, COOKE R, GAO D,  LASSERRE E, LLAURO C , MIROUZE M , PICAULT N, JACKSON SA and PANAUD O

Genome Research, May 2014 24: 831-838