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Featured Article: Unexpected invasion of miniature-inverted repeat transposable elements in viral genomes

While transposable elements (TEs) have been reported in many cellular organisms, they were previously thought to be either rare or absent in viruses. However, as this paper discusses, TEs might actually occur with more frequency than expected. 

Keystone Symposium Meeting Report Available

Now available, read the Meeting Report from the Keystone Symposium on Mobile Genetic Elements and Genome Plasticity which took place in Santa Fe, NM (USA) from February 11-15. Thanks to the organizers and all the attendees--we look forward to seeing you all again, and some new faces, in 2022. 


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Repository for all published Review articles. Contributions from some of the leading researchers working with mobile DNA.

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Mobile DNA Tools
Repository for all published articles on softwares, databases, and methodologies.


Thematic series

Keystone Symposium: Mobile Genetic Elements and Genome Evolution
Edited by: Henry Levin, Parmit Singh


Review series
Mobile genetic elements in biotechnology
Edited by: Henry Levin, Thomas Eickbush, Marlene Belfort, Nancy Craig, Cedric Feschotte


Review series
Mobile introns review series
Edited by: Thomas Eickbush, Marlene Belfort, Nancy Craig, Daniel Voytas

Editors' picks

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

Retrotransposon targeting to RNA polymerase III-transcribed genes. [Mob DNA. 2018] PubMed

Uncovering the essential genes of the human malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum by saturation mutagenesis. [Science. 2018] PubMed

Mobilization of retrotransposons as a cause of chromosomal diversification and rapid speciation: the case for the Antarctic teleost genus Trematomus. [BMC Genomics. 2018] PubMed

The case for not masking away repetitive DNA. [Mob DNA. 2018] PubMed

Oocyte Quality Control: Causes, Mechanisms, and Consequences. [Cold Spring Harb Symp Quant Biol. 2018] PubMed

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TE Digest

Updated monthly, check out the newest published research on transposable elements in the TE Digest on Alexander Suh of Uppala University's Genomicrocosm page here


Marlene Belfort, University at Albany
Cédric Feschotte, Cornell University
Haig Kazazian, Johns Hopkins University
Henry Levin, NIH

Aims and scope

Mobile DNA is an open access, peer-reviewed journal that publishes articles providing novel insights into DNA rearrangements in all organisms, ranging from transposition and other types of recombination mechanisms to patterns and processes of mobile element and host genome evolution. In addition, the journal will consider articles on the utility of mobile genetic elements in biotechnological methods and protocols.

Pre-submission Inquiries

The Editors-in-Chief of Mobile DNA welcome authors to send any pre-submission inquiries they might have to the Editorial Email address, which can be found here. We ask that you please include “Pre-submission inquiry” in the subject line of your email and that you include the title and abstract of your proposed submission within the message. Our Editors will do their best to respond to you in a timely manner.

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Transposable Elements Conference

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory will be holding its second meeting on “Transposable Elements” November 1-8, 2018 at Cold Spring Harbor, NY.  The primary goal of the meeting is to provide a forum for presentation of the latest research into transposable elements, and will consist of six oral sessions plus one poster session.  Sessions will be made up of invited talks and talks selected from the openly submitted abstracts. 

The organizers for this conference are:

Rob Martienssen, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Phoebe Rice, University of Chicago
Donald Rio, University of California, Berkeley

The abstract deadline is August 10, 2018.

Forthcoming meetings

EVOLUTION: Genetic Novelty/Genomic Variations by RNA Networks and Viruses - July 4-8, 2018 - Salzburg, Austria

2nd Uppsala Transposon Symposium: Bridging Gaps with Single Molecules and Cells - October 4-5, 2018 - Uppsala, Sweden. More details to come, but you can read about the 2017 meeting here

International Plant Epi/genetics Symposium - October 29-31, 2018 - Angers, France

FASEB's Mobile DNA 2018: 25 Years of Discussion and Research - June 23-25, 2019 - Rancho Mirage, CA

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