retrotransposon

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retrotransposon

[¦re·trō·tranz′pō‚zän]
(cell and molecular biology)
A small, mobile deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) sequence that can retrotranspose, that is, move from one genomic location to another by producing ribonucleic acid (RNA) that is transcribed by reverse transcriptase back into DNA which is then inserted at a new site.
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So Goff's group examined where in the sick clams' genome the retroelement landed, sampling clams from multiple locations along the Eastern Seaboard.
Furthermore, I believe that our proposed experiments to study retroelement biology in the AGS-context are likely to reveal truly exciting insights into the activity and control of junk DNA.
350 million years old, it is known to have a role in "silencing" components of the mammalian genome known as retroelements, because they were originally retroviruses that became incorporated into the genetic code of the organisms they infected.
All y'all need to know 'bout retroelements in cancer.