Retroelements and their impact on genome evolution and functioning

  title={Retroelements and their impact on genome evolution and functioning},
  author={E. Gogvadze and A. Buzdin},
  journal={Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences},
  • E. Gogvadze, A. Buzdin
  • Published 2009
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences
  • Retroelements comprise a considerable fraction of eukaryotic genomes. Since their initial discovery by Barbara McClintock in maize DNA, retroelements have been found in genomes of almost all organisms. First considered as a “junk DNA” or genomic parasites, they were shown to influence genome functioning and to promote genetic innovations. For this reason, they were suggested as an important creative force in the genome evolution and adaptation of an organism to altered environmental conditions… CONTINUE READING
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