The origin of P elements in Drosophila melanogaster

@article{Engels1992TheOO,
  title={The origin of P elements in Drosophila melanogaster},
  author={William R. Engels},
  journal={BioEssays},
  year={1992},
  volume={14}
}
  • W. Engels
  • Published 1 October 1992
  • Biology, Medicine
  • BioEssays
The P family of transposable genetic elements is thought to be a recent addition to the Drosophila melanogaster genome. New evidence suggests that the elements came from another Drosophila species, possibly carried by parasitic mites. The transposition mechanism of P elements involves DNA gap repair which may have facilitated their rapid spread through D. melanogaster worldwide. These results provide new insight into the process of a transpo‐son's invasion into a new species and the potential… 

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