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Gene regulation

Selfish elements make a mark

Transposons qualify as ‘selfish’ DNA elements, adding new copies of themselves into our genomes without regard for the consequences. This wilful habit may, however, help in normal gene regulation.

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Figure 1: Retrotransposition of the L1 element.


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