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Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Henry Levin, highlights a review by fellow Editor-in-Chief Haig Kazazian and Editorial Board member John Moran summarizing 30 years of research into transposable elements and their implications for human health and disease.


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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.

New reference genome sequences of hot pepper reveal the massive evolution of plant disease-resistance genes by retroduplication. [Genome Biol. 2017] PubMed

TGTT and AACA: two transcriptionally active LTR retrotransposon subfamilies with a specific LTR structure and horizontal transfer in four Rosaceae species. [Mob DNA. 2017] PubMed

High-frequency recombination between members of an LTR retrotransposon family during transposition bursts. [Nat Commun. 2017] PubMed

DGR mutagenic transposition occurs via hypermutagenic reverse transcription primed by nicked template RNA. [Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2017] PubMed

tRNA-derived small RNAs: New players in genome protection against retrotransposons. [RNA Biol. 2017 ] 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.

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.

Rapid peer review

Our Editors-in-Chief maintain an average time from submission to a first decision of 21 days.

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