Genome evolution: sex and the transposable element

Curr Biol. 2001 Apr 17;11(8):R296-9. doi: 10.1016/s0960-9822(01)00168-3.


Mating systems are thought to play an important role in determining the fate of genomic parasites such as transposable elements. This is supported by recent studies which indicate that asexual genomes may be structured very differently to those of sexual species.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • DNA Transposable Elements*
  • Evolution, Molecular*
  • Genome
  • Humans
  • Reproduction / genetics
  • Reproduction / physiology*
  • Retroelements
  • Sex
  • Transposases


  • DNA Transposable Elements
  • Retroelements
  • Transposases