What makes up plant genomes: The vanishing line between transposable elements and genes.

@article{Zhao2016WhatMU,
  title={What makes up plant genomes: The vanishing line between transposable elements and genes.},
  author={Dongyan Zhao and Ann A. Ferguson and Ning Jiang},
  journal={Biochimica et biophysica acta},
  year={2016},
  volume={1859 2},
  pages={366-80}
}
The ultimate source of evolution is mutation. As the largest component in plant genomes, transposable elements (TEs) create numerous types of mutations that cannot be mimicked by other genetic mechanisms. When TEs insert into genomic sequences, they influence the expression of nearby genes as well as genes unlinked to the insertion. TEs can duplicate, mobilize, and recombine normal genes or gene fragments, with the potential to generate new genes or modify the structure of existing genes. TEs… CONTINUE READING
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