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Curr Opin Genet Dev. 1992 Dec;2(6):861-7.

Transposable elements.

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Institute of Molecular Biology, Edinburgh University, Scotland.


Transposable elements comprise a major fraction of eukaryotic genomes. They are studied both because of their intrinsic biological interest and because they can be exploited as valuable research tools. Many interesting papers dealing with various aspects of the biology of these elements have been published during the past year and a number of new elements have been reported. Four areas in which particularly valuable contributions have been made are the mechanisms of transposition, the regulation of transposition, the use of transposable elements as research tools, and the biological function of transposable elements.

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