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Jumping GENES

... neighboring DNA fragments. What is the origin of jumping genes? It is assumed that at least some of them descend from viruses since certain mobile elements are capable of forming virus particles like, for example, the mobile element gipsy of the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster. Some mobile elements appear in the genome owing to a horizontal transfer. For example, the mobile hobo element of Drosophila melanogaster has repeatedly inserted itself anew into the genome of this species. Some researchers think ...

Modified: 25.02.2007
mobile elements , Drosophila melanogaster , genome , genes , DNA
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