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Ann N Y Acad Sci. 1999 May 18;870:251-64.

Transposable elements as a molecular evolutionary force.

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1
Biotechnology Institute, Pennsylvania State University, University Park 16802, USA.
2
PA St U, University Park

Abstract

This essay addresses the paradoxes of the complex and highly redundant genomes. The central theses developed are that: (1) the distinctive feature of complex genomes is the existence of epigenetic mechanisms that permit extremely high levels of both tandem and dispersed redundancy; (2) the special contribution of transposable elements is to modularize the genome; and (3) the labilizing forces of recombination and transposition are just barely contained, giving a dynamic genetic system of ever increasing complexity that verges on the chaotic.

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