Title

From the margins of the genome: Mobile elements shape primate evolution

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

8-1-2005

Abstract

As is the case with mammals in general, primate genomes are inundated with repetitive sequence. Although much of this repetitive content consists of "molecular fossils" inherited from early mammalian ancestors, a significant portion of this material comprises active mobile element lineages. Despite indications that these elements played a major role in shaping the architecture of the genome, there remain many unanswered questions surrounding the nature of the host-element relationship. Here we review advances in our understanding of the host-mobile element dynamic and its overall impact on primate evolution. © 2005 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

Publication Source (Journal or Book title)

BioEssays

First Page

785

Last Page

794

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