Retrotransposition of Alu elements: how many sources?

@article{Cordaux2004RetrotranspositionOA,
  title={Retrotransposition of Alu elements: how many sources?},
  author={Richard Cordaux and Dale J. Hedges and Mark A Batzer},
  journal={Trends in genetics : TIG},
  year={2004},
  volume={20 10},
  pages={
          464-7
        }
}
It is generally thought that only a few Alu elements are capable of retrotransposition and that these 'master' sources produce inactive copies. Here, we use a network phylogenetic approach to demonstrate that recently integrated human-specific Alu subfamilies typically contain 10-20% of secondary source elements that contributed 20-40% of all subfamily members. This multiplicity of source elements provides new insight into the remarkably successful amplification strategy of the Alu family. 
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