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Transposons that clean up after themselves

Douglas L Chalker

Author Affiliations

Biology Department, Washington University in St. Louis, One Brookings Drive, St. Louis, MO 63130, USA

Genome Biology 2009, 10:224  doi:10.1186/gb-2009-10-6-224

Published: 15 June 2009

Abstract

A transposon in the germline genome of the ciliate Oxytricha uses its transposase to remove itself, as well as other germline-limited DNA, from the differentiating somatic genome during development.