Evolutionary dynamics of transposable elements in prokaryotes and eukaryotes

@article{Hickey2004EvolutionaryDO,
  title={Evolutionary dynamics of transposable elements in prokaryotes and eukaryotes},
  author={D. Hickey},
  journal={Genetica},
  year={2004},
  volume={86},
  pages={269-274}
}
This paper summarizes some recent theories about the evolution of transposable genetic elements in outbreeding, sexual eukaryotic organisms. The evolutionary possibilities available to self-replicating transposable elements are shown to vary depending on the reproductive biology of the host genome. This effect can be used to explain, in part, the differences in abundance of transposable elements between prokaryotes and eukaryotes. It is argued that the pattern of sexual outbreeding seen in… Expand
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