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Transposon Day 2020

Third Annual Transposon Day

New Content Item © 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 #transposonday2020. We have also created a new quiz for you to test your TE knowledge- please share your results on Twitter, using the aforementioned hashtag!  

Finally, we have included a selection of articles from Mobile DNA- the flagship journal of all TE research- that highlights some of the great research published over the last year. Happy 3rd Annual Transposon Day!

Our EiC's on Barbara McClintock

We reached out to our Editors-in-Chief, to speak to their thoughts on Barbara McClintock and her pioneering work:

Irina Arkhipova, Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA

Barbara McClintock’s 1956 paper “Controlling elements and the gene” in Cold Spring Harbor Symposia on Quantitative Biology was the first I had to study in preparation for my Ph.D. qualifying exam. Fortunately, the corresponding volume was readily available on the shelves of our library at the Engelhardt Institute of Molecular Biology in Moscow. Of course at that time I could not yet imagine that decades later I would be visiting Cold Spring Harbor as an organizer of a transposable element meeting, and would get a chance to hold in my hands a set of corn ears with multicolored kernels from her collection.

Cédric Feschotte, Cornell University

Barbara McClintock has had a profound influence throughout my career. Her legacy and inspiration have grown even stronger since I moved my lab to Cornell University, where McClintock obtained her Bachelor’s, Master’s, and PhD degrees. In 1944, she became the third woman to be elected to the National Academy of Sciences and the next year the first woman elected President of the Genetics Society of America, 14 years after its establishment. In 1983, she became the first woman to win the Nobel Prize unshared. In 2020, she remains an iconic role model for all of us who aspire, more than ever, to promote diversity and inclusion in STEM.     

Haig Kazazian, Johns Hopkins University

I wish I would have met Barbara McClintock. I would have told her that her work was an inspiration to me. When we found LINE-1 insertions in two boys with hemophilia, I immediately thought of her corn work and knew that I had to work in this exciting and beautiful field.

Henry Levin, NIH

Throughout my research career I have admired Barbara McClintock for her tenacity, independence, and vision. She could see the great importance to biology of a few seemingly uninteresting changes in color of corn kernels.

TE Tweets

Follow us @MobDNAjournal on Twitter and share your stories of how Barbara McClintock's research has impacted your own, your quiz scores, and connect with the TE community on Transposon Day! Be sure to use hashtag #transposonday2020 in your tweets.

Transposon Day Quiz

In celebration of Transposon Day, the editorial team at BMC has put together this year's edition of our quiz for readers to test their knowledge on TEs and maybe even learn something new! Be sure to share your scores on Twitter with #transposonday2020.

Editors' picks

We asked our esteemed Editors-in-Chief to pick some of the most important articles published in Mobile DNA in the last 12 months, as far as significance to the field, novelty, implications, and interest. We are happy to offer them for you here, and hope that you enjoy reviewing the contribution each one has made to the field.

Popular selections

We are very proud to present some of the articles which were most popular in the field, over the last 12 months. Click here for a mix of articles which were cited well and articles which created a buzz on social media, upon publication in Mobile DNA.

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