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Nat Rev Genet. 2002 May;3(5):329-41.

Plant transposable elements: where genetics meets genomics.

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  • 1Departments of Plant Biology and Genetics, The University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia 30602, USA.


Transposable elements are the single largest component of the genetic material of most eukaryotes. The recent availability of large quantities of genomic sequence has led to a shift from the genetic characterization of single elements to genome-wide analysis of enormous transposable-element populations. Nowhere is this shift more evident than in plants, in which transposable elements were first discovered and where they are still actively reshaping genomes.

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