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Remembering Haig Kazazian: Pioneering Scientist and Mobile DNA Editor-in-Chief

Dr. Haig Kazazian, renowned physician-scientist and former Editor-in-Chief of Mobile DNA, passed away in January 2022. He was best known for his pioneering work on transposable elements in humans and his contributions to the field of human genetics. Former members of his lab remember him as an inviting and brilliant mentor, whose passion for discovery inspired those around him. Read full article here.

Featured series: Transposable Elements in Model Organisms

New Content ItemWe are proud to present a new series of review papers focused on transposable elements (TE) in model organisms. This series will deliver a comprehensive and even coverage of the diversity of TEs populating the model species; outstanding questions and future directions with the study of TEs in species; and much more

Editors' Picks

Highlights from recent literature on mobile elements, selected by the Editors-in-Chief.

Inflammatory response to retrotransposons drives tumor drug resistance that can be prevented by reverse transcriptase inhibitors. [Proc Natl Acad Sci USA. 2022] PubMed

An Overview of Best Practices for Transposable Element Identification, Classification, and Annotation in Eukaryotic Genomes. [Methods Mol Biol. 2023] PubMed

Recurrent co-domestication of PIF/Harbinger transposable element proteins in insects. [Mob DNA. 2022] PubMed

Generalized nuclear localization of retroelement transcripts. [Mob DNA. 2022] PubMed

Retrotransposon instability dominates the acquired mutation landscape of mouse induced pluripotent stem cells. [Nat Commun. 2022] PubMed

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Aims and scope

Mobile DNA is an online, peer-reviewed, open access journal that publishes articles providing novel insights into the function, biological impact, and evolution of transposable elements in any organism. Topics related to transposable elements may include genetic or epigenetic variation, genome rearrangements, mechanisms, patterns and processes of transposition, and the role of mobile elements in host genome evolution.

Mobile DNA aims to understand:
  • mechanisms of intra- and intergenomic mobility via genetic, comparative genomic, biochemical and structural approaches
  • regulation of DNA rearrangements by the environment and during development
  • how DNA restructuring reshapes cellular function and organism evolution
  • the role of transposable elements in disease in a variety of organisms
  • host—element interaction and genetic/epigenetic regulatory networks

Mobile DNA reflects the need for a journal that spans all aspects of specialized recombination, from structure and mechanism to evolutionary impact. In addition, the journal will consider articles on the utility of mobile genetic elements in biotechnological methods and protocols, and related biocomputational tools.


Irina Arkhipova, Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole
Kathleen Burns, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute at Harvard Medical School, USA
Pascale Lesage, INSERM, France

Our Associate Editors: 
Orsolya Barabas, European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), Germany
Gael Cristofari, Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale, France 
Adam Ewing, Mater Research Institute-University of Queensland, Australia
Clément Gilbert, CNRS, Université Paris Saclay, France 
Molly G Hammell, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, USA
Damon R Lisch, Purdue University, USA
Joe Peters, Cornell University, USA
Phoebe Rice, The University of Chicago, USA 
Vincent Colot, Institut de Biologie de l'Ecole Normale Supérieure (IBENS), France

Links to Useful TE Community Resources

Transposable elements labs directory

Women in TEs (maintained by Cedric Feschotte)

Job vacancies

Transposons Worldwide SLACK Page (Managed by Rebecca Berrens)

Mobile DNA Tools Collection

TE digest (Managed by Alexander Suh)

TE Hub


ISfinder (Insertion Sequence database)

Upcoming meetings

Mobile DNA is proud to share information about the following conferences/meetings which will be of interest to our readership:

Transposable Elements

to be held at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

October 11 - 15, 2022

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