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In this review article, the authors explore the challenges and opportunities of using stem cells in therapeutics development with respect to the role of TEs and the impact they have on genome stability in these cells. 


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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.


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


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


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

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 by clicking on "Contact Us" (upper left side of page). 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.

Editors' picks

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

Stress response, behavior, and development are shaped by transposable element-induced mutations in Drosophila [PLoS Genet. 2019] PubMed

The impact of transposable element activity on therapeutically relevant human stem cells [Mob DNA. 2019] PubMed

Transposon insertion profiling by sequencing (TIPseq) for mapping LINE-1 insertions in the human genome [Mob DNA. 2019] PubMed

Origins and evolution of CRISPR-Cas systems [Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci. 2019] PubMed

SMARCAD1 ATPase activity is required to silence endogenous retroviruses in embryonic stem cells [Nat Commun. 2019] PubMed

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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.

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Forthcoming meetings

Royal Society's Crossroads between transposons and gene regulation - May 13-14, 2019 - London, UK
FASEB's Mobile DNA 2019: 25 Years of Discussion and Research - June 23-25, 2019 - Rancho Mirage, CA

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