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Trends Genet. 2009 Aug;25(8):333-4. doi: 10.1016/j.tig.2009.05.006. Epub 2009 Jul 2.

Are transposable elements simply silenced or are they under house arrest?

Abstract

Despite their role as key players in evolution, it is commonly thought that transposable elements are selected against and silenced. However, their importance in chromosomal biology and, therefore, cell division suggests that their presence in many eukaryote genomes is the result of their having been selected as major components of heterochromatin.

PMID:
19577319
DOI:
10.1016/j.tig.2009.05.006
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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