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Transposons: Eukaryotic

  1. Heinz-Albert Becker,
  2. Wolf-Ekkehard Lönnig

Published Online: 3 MAY 2005

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0003876



How to Cite

Becker, H.-A. and Lönnig, W.-E. 2005. Transposons: Eukaryotic. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research, Cologne, Germany

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 3 MAY 2005


Eukaryotic transposons are distinct mobile DNA sequences, many of which can autonomously ‘jump’ from their locations and insert into nonhomologous parts of the genome.


  • transposable elements;
  • retrotransposons;
  • DNA transposons;
  • selfish DNA;
  • neo-Darwinism;
  • evolution