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Trends Ecol Evol. 1995 Mar;10(3):123-6.

Transposable elements: possible catalysts of organismic evolution.

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Dept of Genetics, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602, USA.

Abstract

Mutation is the ultimate source of all genetic variation in natural populations and is generally considered a prerequisite for evolution. Although transposable elements are acknowledged as a major source of spontaneous mutations, the evolutionary significance of these mobile pieces of DNA remains the subjects of some debate. In this perspective, I discuss the biology of transposable elements with particular emphasis on their potential to produce mutations that have dramatic effecs on organismic evolution.

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