Evolution of retroposons by acquisition or deletion of retrovirus-like genes.

@article{McClure1991EvolutionOR,
  title={Evolution of retroposons by acquisition or deletion of retrovirus-like genes.},
  author={M. A. McClure},
  journal={Molecular biology and evolution},
  year={1991},
  volume={8 6},
  pages={835-56}
}
The retroid family consists of all genetic elements that encode a potential reverse transcriptase (RT). Members of this family include a diversity of eukaryotic genetic elements (viruses, transposable elements, organelle introns, and plasmids) and the retrons of prokaryotes. Some retroid elements have, in addition to the RT gene, other genes in common with the retroviruses. On the basis of RT sequence similarity, the retroposon group is defined as the eukaryotic long interspersed nuclear… CONTINUE READING
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