Data from: Systematic evaluation of horizontal gene transfer between eukaryotes and viruses

Nicholas Irwin, Alexandros Pittis, Thomas Richards & Patrick Keeling
Gene exchange between viruses and their hosts acts as a key facilitator of horizontal gene transfer and is hypothesized to be a major driver of evolutionary change. Our understanding of this process comes primarily from bacteria and phage co-evolution, but the mode and functional importance of gene transfers between eukaryotes and their viruses remains anecdotal. Here we systematically characterized viral-eukaryotic gene exchange across eukaryotic and viral diversity, identifying thousands of transfers, and revealing their frequency,...
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