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A transposon underlies this classic story of evolutionary adaptation.

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Tethering Transposons

By | October 15, 2015

Panoramix, a newly identified transcription repressor, takes the bounce out of jumping genes.

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Wrangling Retrotransposons

By , and | March 1, 2015

These mobile genetic elements can wreak havoc on the genome. Researchers are now trying to understand how such activity contributes to the aging process.


image: How Transposons Shaped Pregnancy

How Transposons Shaped Pregnancy

By | January 29, 2015

A mass migration of mobile regulatory elements increased the expression of thousands of genes in the uterus during the evolution of pregnancy.

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A Movable Defense

By | January 1, 2015

In the evolutionary arms race between pathogens and hosts, genetic elements known as transposons are regularly recruited as assault weapons for cellular defense.


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By | January 1, 2015

Meet some of the people featured in the January 2015 issue of The Scientist.


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Performance Art

By | January 1, 2015

Regulation of genome expression orchestrates the behavior of insect castes and the human response to social stress.


image: A Long Line of LINEs

A Long Line of LINEs

By | September 1, 2014

Different mechanisms repress mobile DNA elements in human embryonic stem cells depending on the elements’ evolutionary ages.


image: Newly ID’d Transposons Involve Cas

Newly ID’d Transposons Involve Cas

By | May 27, 2014

Researchers uncover a group of mobile genetic elements in bacteria and archaea encoding a Cas enzyme.


image: Schizophrenia’s Jumping Genetics

Schizophrenia’s Jumping Genetics

By | January 6, 2014

Researchers find evidence that transposable elements, also known as jumping genes, may contribute to the development of the psychiatric disorder.


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