I have a question regarding a specific term that describes the variant of existing genes. I am analyzing whole-genome sequencing of a bacterial isolate. I found there are a large number of genes that have partial sequence identity or subject/query coverage to the known reference genes.
Now I know that by looking at sequence identity and coverage may not be enough to analyze the genes. I know some gene can have 30% sequence identity and still folded the same way as the original genes. However, let's say these genes are truly variant of the existing genes based off sequence identity. What is the term to call them?
My PI told me they are rapidly evolving genes. I searched some paper and found rapidly evolving genes are genes that are subjected to positive selection. While I agree for some of these are rapidly evolving genes as they probably subject to positive selection, I cannot see that all of the genes actually undergoes selection at same time. I am wondering if there is another term to call these gene variants. If there is any paper to define them that will be great.