Great exaptations

Kathleen H. Burns, Jef D. Boeke

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Long interspersed nuclear elements (LINEs) are among the most successful parasitic genetic sequences in higher organisms. Recent work has discovered many instances of LINE incorporation into exons, reminding us of the hazards they pose to genes in their vicinity as well as their potential to be co-opted for the host's purposes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number5
JournalJournal of Biology
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences


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