EMBO | EMBL Symposium: The Mobile Genome: Genetic and Physiological Impacts of Transposable Elements

EMBO | EMBL Symposium: The Mobile Genome: Genetic and Physiological Impacts of Transposable Elements

Transposons are abundant in most genomes and constitute about 50% of the human genome. They are usually considered genomic parasites, the mobilisation of which can cause harmful genetic mutations.

Various mechanisms have evolved throughout the tree of life to defend genomes from the deleterious effects of transposition. Curiously, the past couple of years have brought about seminal discoveries showing that transposons also have functions essential to their host. For example, they play key ...

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