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Featured article - Human transposable elements in Repbase: genomic footprints from fish to humans

Recent analysis of eukaryotic transposable element footprints stored in Repbase demonstrate an evolutionary continuum of the human genome.


  1. Content type: Research


    Authors: Thomas Wicker, Alan H. Schulman, Jaakko Tanskanen, Manuel Spannagl, Sven Twardziok, Martin Mascher, Nathan M. Springer, Qing Li, Robbie Waugh, Chengdao Li, Guoping Zhang, Nils Stein, Klaus F. X. Mayer and Heidrun Gundlach

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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.

Detection of the LINE-1 retrotransposon RNA-binding protein ORF1p in different anatomical regions of the human brain. [Mob DNA. 2017]

piRNA-mediated regulation of transposon alternative splicing in the soma and germ line. [Nature. 2017]

Selective silencing of euchromatic L1s revealed by genome-wide screens for L1 regulators. [Nature. 2017]

piRNA-mediated regulation of transposon alternative splicing in the soma and germ line. [Nature. 2017]

Structure of a Thermostable Group II Intron Reverse Transcriptase with Template-Primer and Its Functional and Evolutionary Implications [Mol Cell. 2017]

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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.

Keystone Symposia Conference 2018

Keystone Symposia will be holding its second conference on “Mobile Genetic Elements and Genome Plasticity” next February 11-15, 2018 at the Eldorado Hotel in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Transposable elements are potent sources of genetic variation that also regulate the expression of large gene networks and are increasingly recognized to play a role in diseases such as cancer and neurodegeneration. Abstracts submitted by the November 14, 2017 abstract deadline will be considered for short talks on the conference program in both plenary sessions and workshops.

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