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Featured article - The dynamic intein landscape of eukaryotes

Analysis of the intein landscape in eukaryotes reveals movement of these mobile elements across different genome types, and the many evolutionary forces that have contributed to its current state.


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

Article collection
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.

Mammalian transposable elements and their impacts on genome evolution. [Chromosome Res. 2018] PubMed

Breaching Self-Tolerance to Alu Duplex RNA Underlies MDA5-Mediated Inflammation. [Cell. 2018] PubMed

Human ADAR1 Prevents Endogenous RNA from Triggering Translational Shutdown. [Cell. 2018] PubMed

Sleeping Beauty transposon integrates into non-TA dinucleotides. [Mob DNA. 2018] PubMed

The Birth and Demise of the ISApl1-mcr-1-ISApl1 Composite Transposon: the Vehicle for Transferable Colistin Resistance. [MBio. 2018] 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.

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.

Latest Tweets

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.


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