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Little Brown Bats Found To Have A Rare Active Jumping Gene
2013-01-04 07:37:34

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Jumping genes, or transposable elements, are strange rogue sequences from which most of our DNA can be traced, but are largely idle in mammals. Johns Hopkins researchers report, however, that they have identified a new DNA sequence moving around in bats. This is the first member of the transposable elements class found to be active in mammals. The findings of this study, published online at the Proceedings of the National Academy of...


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