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Transposons

  1. Pierre Capy1,
  2. Jean-Marc Deragon2

Published Online: 23 SEP 2005

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0005064

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How to Cite

Capy, P. and Deragon, J.-M. 2005. Transposons. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. 1

    Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Gif-sur-Yvette, France

  2. 2

    Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Clermont-Ferrand, France

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 23 SEP 2005

Abstract

Genomes are highly plastic entities submitted to several types of mutations in somatic and germinal lines. These mutations can alter the general structure of the genome and also its regulation. A large proportion of these events is due to repeated and mobile sequences – the transposable elements.

Keywords:

  • transposon;
  • retrotransposon;
  • retroposon;
  • retroviruses