The bdelloid rotifer Adineta vaga under a polychromatic polarization microscope
Bacterial Enzyme Keeps Rotifers’ Transposable Elements in Check
Jumping genes in bdelloid rotifers are tamped down by DNA methylation performed by an enzyme pilfered from bacteria roughly 60 million years ago, a study finds.
ABOVE: Courtesy of Michael Shribak, Irina Yushenova
Bacterial Enzyme Keeps Rotifers’ Transposable Elements in Check
Bacterial Enzyme Keeps Rotifers’ Transposable Elements in Check

Jumping genes in bdelloid rotifers are tamped down by DNA methylation performed by an enzyme pilfered from bacteria roughly 60 million years ago, a study finds.

Jumping genes in bdelloid rotifers are tamped down by DNA methylation performed by an enzyme pilfered from bacteria roughly 60 million years ago, a study finds.

ABOVE: Courtesy of Michael Shribak, Irina Yushenova

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