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Transposons: Prokaryotic

  1. Rasika M Harshey

Published Online: 19 APR 2001

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0000591



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Harshey, R. M. 2001. Transposons: Prokaryotic. eLS. .

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  1. University of Texas, Austin, Texas, USA

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  1. Published Online: 19 APR 2001

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Transposons are movable genetic elements found ubiquitously in the genomes of living organisms. They generate a variety of DNA rearrangements that have profound consequences for cell survival and evolution.


  • transposons;
  • Mu;
  • Tn10;
  • Tn7;
  • Tn5