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Transposon Day 2024

 McClintock image credit: Smithsonian Institution/Science Service; Restored by Adam CuerdenMobile DNA celebrates Transposon Day every June 16th, to commemorate the birthdate of the founder of transposable elements research, Barbara McClintock (1902-1992). This day was designated to honor her legacy and draw attention to the important research that has changed the way researchers think about evolution, disease, and genomics.
We encourage the TE community to share your thoughts about how McClintock's research influenced your own on Twitter, using the hashtag #transposonday2024.

Happy Annual Transposon Day!

Plant jumping genes: celebrating the legacy of Barbara McClintock

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To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Barbara McClintock´s Nobel Prize, we have put together a Collection of recent articles on plant “jumping genes” published across Springer Nature journals, highlighting her contribution to current Plant Biology. Find this collection here.

Call for Papers: Transposable Elements in Cancer and Aging

Mobile DNA is calling for submissions to our new Collection on Transposable Elements (TEs) in Cancer and Aging. We welcome submissions that investigate how TEs influence cancer initiation, progression, and treatment resistance, as well as their impact on cellular aging and senescence.

Call for Papers: Horizontal Transfer of Transposable Elements

Mobile DNA is calling for submissions to our new Collection on Horizontal Transfer of Transposable Elements. This Collection is intended to include research papers presenting new and original results of bioinformatics, modeling and/or experimental studies of horizontal transposon transfer in eukaryotic genomes.

Call for Papers - Endogenous Viral Elements

Mobile DNA is calling for submissions to our new Collection on Endogenous Viral Elements (EVEs). This Collection welcomes submissions of articles covering different fields of research on EVEs and EVE-derived elements in model and non-model organisms.

Call for Papers - Transposable Elements as Epigenetic Agents of Development, Immunity, Phenotypic Variation and Disease

Mobile DNA is calling for submissions to our new Collection on Transposable Elements (TEs). This Collection will focus on the epigenetic mechanisms targeting TE sequences and the functional consequences of this targeting.

Upcoming meetings

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The French Transposition Community (GDR-CNRS) is happy to announce the 5th International Congress on Transposable Elements (ICTE 2024). The congress will be held from April 20th to 23th 2024 in Saint Malo (France) at the “Palais du Grand Large”. The congress will include an optional TE-HUB satellite workshop on April 24th.

The Congress sessions will present the latest findings and encourage stimulating discussions on the following general topics:

  • Transposable elements, genome evolution and adaptation 
  • Transposable elements in health and disease
  • Transposable element control & epigenetics
  • Transposition mechanisms and applications
  • TE hub workshop (if you have chosen to participate of course!)
  • Education and outreach (a poster only session)

! Early bird registration until January 15th, 2024 !

Deadline for abstract registration: February 15th!

 CLIK HERE TO REGISTER NOW: Please help spread the word by forwarding to your colleagues or trainees who might also be interested in attending.

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

Mini-heterochromatin domains constrain the cis-regulatory impact of SVA transposons in human brain development and disease.
[Nat Struct Mol Biol. 2024] PubMed

Heterologous survey of 130 DNA transposons in human cells highlights their functional divergence and expands the genome engineering toolbox
[Cell. 2024] PubMed

Variable patterns of retrotransposition in different HeLa strains provide mechanistic insights into SINE RNA mobilization processes.
[Nucleic Acids Res. 2024] PubMed

LINE-1 transcription activates long-range gene expression.
[Nat Genet. 2024] PubMed

Retrotransposons in Werner syndrome-derived macrophages trigger type I interferon-dependent inflammation in an atherosclerosis model
[Nat Commun. 2024] PubMed

View all editors' picks

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)

Annual Journal Metrics

  • Citation Impact 2023
    Journal Impact Factor: 4.7
    5-year Journal Impact Factor: 4.3
    Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP): 0.976
    SCImago Journal Rank (SJR): 2.196

    Speed 2023
    Submission to first editorial decision (median days): 6
    Submission to acceptance (median days): 95

    Usage 2023
    Downloads: 407,319
    Altmetric mentions: 313