A C-fern (Ceratopteris richardii) in a pot
Genome Spotlight: C-fern (Ceratopteris richardii)
Sequences for the model organism and two of its kin reveal how these plants got their oversized genomes.
Genome Spotlight: C-fern (Ceratopteris richardii)
Genome Spotlight: C-fern (Ceratopteris richardii)

Sequences for the model organism and two of its kin reveal how these plants got their oversized genomes.

Sequences for the model organism and two of its kin reveal how these plants got their oversized genomes.

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Jumping Genes Can Cause Movement Disorder: Study
Sophie Fessl | Sep 13, 2022 | 3 min read
Mice with overactive LINE-1 retrotransposons in their brains exhibit movement difficulties, suggesting the genetic elements may play a role in ataxia in humans. 
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Infographic: Possible Mechanisms of Gene Transfer in Eukaryotes
Christie Wilcox | Jul 5, 2022 | 5+ min read
Genetic studies have made it clear that eukaryotic horizontal gene transfer can and does happen. Exactly how, though, remains speculative.
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Slideshow: Examples of Eukaryotic Horizontal Gene Transfer
Christie Wilcox | Jul 5, 2022 | 4 min read
Horizontally transferred genes play significant roles in eukaryotic genomes
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Horizontal Gene Transfer Happens More Often Than Anyone Thought
Christie Wilcox | Jul 5, 2022 | 5+ min read
DNA passed to and from all kinds of organisms, even across kingdoms, has helped shape the tree of life, to a large and undisputed degree in microbes and also unexpectedly in multicellular fungi, plants, and animals.
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Bacterial Enzyme Keeps Rotifers’ Transposable Elements in Check
Christie Wilcox | Mar 3, 2022 | 5 min read
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.
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Adapting with a Little Help from Jumping Genes
Christie Wilcox | Jan 17, 2022 | 5+ min read
Long lambasted as junk DNA or genomic parasites, transposable elements turn out to be contributors to adaptation.
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Infographic: How Transposable Elements Can Shape Evolution
Christie Wilcox | Jan 17, 2022 | 2 min read
The movements of so-called jumping genes can generate the genetic diversity needed to drive evolutionary change in populations over time.  
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Alu Leap May Explain Why Apes Don’t Have Tails
Annie Melchor | Sep 23, 2021 | 2 min read
A transposable element that jumped into the TBXT gene, which is linked to tail morphology, appears to be to blame for our missing appendage.
Male Flies’ Y Chromosome May Contribute to Earlier Deaths
Jef Akst | Jul 13, 2020 | 2 min read
As male Drosophila grow old, selfish genetic elements that are abundant on the Y chromosome become more active, which appears to reduce longevity.
Transposons Identified as Likely Cause of Undiagnosed Diseases
Jef Akst | Jan 13, 2020 | 4 min read
A tool for identifying jumping gene insertions in DNA sequencing data turns up possible explanations for four patients’ rare developmental disorders.
Taming the Transposon Hordes
Ruth Williams | Jan 1, 2019 | 3 min read
Researchers repurpose the CRISPR machinery to turn whole classes of transposable elements on or off.
Jumping Genes Inactivated with CRISPR in Pigs
Shawna Williams | Aug 10, 2017 | 2 min read
The study could pave the way for transplanting porcine organs to humans without the risk of reigniting endogenous retroviruses.
Clyde A. Hutchison III: Genome Sequencer and Synthetic Biologist
Anna Azvolinsky | Aug 1, 2016 | 5+ min read
From sequencing bacteriophages to synthesizing bacterial genomes to defining a minimal genome
A Movable Defense
Eugene V. Koonin and Mart Krupovic | Jan 1, 2015 | 5+ min read
In the evolutionary arms race between pathogens and hosts, genetic elements known as transposons are regularly recruited as assault weapons for cellular defense.
A Long Line of LINEs
Kate Yandell | Sep 1, 2014 | 3 min read
Different mechanisms repress mobile DNA elements in human embryonic stem cells depending on the elements’ evolutionary ages.
Newly ID’d Transposons Involve Cas
Kerry Grens | May 27, 2014 | 1 min read
Researchers uncover a group of mobile genetic elements in bacteria and archaea encoding a Cas enzyme.
Schizophrenia’s Jumping Genetics
Jef Akst | Jan 6, 2014 | 2 min read
Researchers find evidence that transposable elements, also known as jumping genes, may contribute to the development of the psychiatric disorder.
Genomes Gone Wild
Megan Scudellari | Jan 1, 2014 | 5+ min read
Weird and wonderful, plant DNA is challenging preconceptions about the evolution of life, including our own species.
In Evolution's Garden
Megan Scudellari | Jun 1, 2013 | 5+ min read
Raising one evolutionary question after another, Brandon Gaut has harvested a crop of novel findings about how plant genomes evolve.