Evolution and extinction of transposable elements in Mendelian populations.

  title={Evolution and extinction of transposable elements in Mendelian populations.},
  author={Nachum Kaplan and Tom Darden and Charles H. Langley},
  volume={109 2},
A model of the evolution of a transposable element family in a Mendelian host population is proposed that incorporates heritable phenotypic mutations in the elements. The temporal behavior of the numbers of mutant and wild-type elements is studied, and the expected extinction time of the transposable element family is examined. Our results indicate that, if the mutant can be transposed equally well in the presence of the wild type, then it can be expected to be found in preponderance, whereas… CONTINUE READING

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