Party discipline for jumping genes

Jumping genes, transposons, are a part of the genome of most organisms and aggregated into families according to their relatedness. Through jumping they change their place in the genome and can damage it. How the hosts of the transposons supress the jumping is well investigated. Why they still can jump has hardly been understood so far. An important step is to understand which transposon properties and host environments facilitate jumping – this has now been investigated by researchers from Vetmeduni Vienna for the first time in all transposons of the host organism. The study showed that family affiliation is much more important than their position in the genome. Molecular Ecology (Mehr in: Pressemitteilungen – idw – Informationsdienst Wissenschaft)