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DNA Transposition: Classes and Mechanisms

  1. Lisa AM Braam,
  2. William S Reznikoff

Published Online: 19 APR 2001

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0000590



How to Cite

Braam, L. A. and Reznikoff, W. S. 2001. DNA Transposition: Classes and Mechanisms. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 19 APR 2001


Transposons are mobile genetic elements that contribute to the dynamic nature of chromosomes. Mechanistically similar, transposable elements make up a diverse classification including bacterial insertion sequences and composite transposons and eukaryotic excision/insertion transposons and retroelements.


  • transposon;
  • retrotransposon;
  • retrovirus;
  • transfer;
  • integration