Transposons Increase Transcriptional Complexity: The Good Parasite?

Joachim M. Surm*, Yehu Moran

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A recent study by Cosby et al. sheds light on the role of transposons in the adaptive evolution of their hosts. These genetic elements were thought to be largely deleterious. However, when coupled with alternative splicing, there appears to be an exponential increase in the diversity of proteins encoded, which display novel functions and are conserved by natural selection.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)606-607
Number of pages2
JournalTrends in Genetics
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2021

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