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Host-parasite relationships in the genome
© Brookfield; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2011
- Received: 26 September 2011
- Accepted: 6 October 2011
- Published: 10 October 2011
Transposable elements are best interpreted as genomic parasites, proliferating in genomes through their over-replication relative to the rest of the genome. A new study examining correlations across Drosophila species between transposable element numbers and rates of host evolution has brought into focus one of the most complex questions in transposable element biology-what it is that determines the proportion of the genome that is transposable elements.
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- Transposable Element
- Amino Acid Change
- Adaptive Evolution
- Codon Usage Bias
- Optimal Phenotype
Work on mobile DNAs in our group is funded by the BBSRC.
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