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Jumping GENES

... organisms. However, the amount of genetic material located between the genes is by an order of magnitude larger as compared with the genetic material in the genes proper. The role this ballast DNA fraction plays is yet to be finally clarified; however, mobile elements are most frequently detectable in this particular DNA fraction. Moreover, not only do they migrate themselves, but can also grab the neighboring DNA fragments. What is the origin of jumping genes? It is assumed that at least some of them ...

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