Barbara McClintock, widely recognized as the founder of transposable elements research, was born June 16, 1902. That is why last year we decided to designate this day as Transposon Day: to honor her legacy and draw attention to the important research that has, and is, continuing to change the way researchers think about evolution, disease, and genomics. For a refresher on McClintock's discoveries, we invite you to listen to this recent lecture from Dr Rob Martienssen given at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.
We encourage the TE community to share your thoughts about how McClintock's research influenced your own on Twitter, using the hashtag #transposonday2019. We have created a new quiz this year for you to test our your TE knowledge--don't forget to share your result on Twitter. Lastly, we've included a selection of articles from the Mobile DNA journal--the flagship journal of all TE research--that highlight some of the great research published over the last year. Happy 2nd Annual Transposon Day!