Goods-thinking vs. tree-thinking: finding a place for mobile genetic elements

McInerney, James, Cummins, Carla and Haggerty, Leanne (2011) Goods-thinking vs. tree-thinking: finding a place for mobile genetic elements. Mobile Genetic Elements, 1 4: 304-308. doi:10.4161/mge.19153

Author McInerney, James
Cummins, Carla
Haggerty, Leanne
Title Goods-thinking vs. tree-thinking: finding a place for mobile genetic elements
Journal name Mobile Genetic Elements   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2159-2543
Publication date 2011-11-01
Year available 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.4161/mge.19153
Volume 1
Issue 4
Start page 304
End page 308
Total pages 5
Place of publication Austin, TX ,United States
Publisher Landes Bioscience
Language eng
Abstract While it has become increasingly clear that the Tree of Life hypothesis has limitations in its ability to describe the evolution of all evolving entities on the planet, there has been a marked reluctance to move away from the tree-based language. Ironically, while modifying the idea of the Tree of Life to the extent that it is only very distantly related to its original descriptions, there has been a very careful attempt to retain the language of tree-thinking. The recent movement away from a tree-thinking language toward a goods-thinking language and perspective is a significant improvement. In this commentary, we describe how goods-thinking can provide better descriptions of evolution, can integrate evolution with environment more closely and can offer an equal place for Mobile Genetic Elements and chromosomal elements in discussions of evolutionary history.
Keyword Horizontal gene transfer
Mobile genetic element
Public goods hypothesis
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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