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The origin of recent introns: transposons?

Scott W Roy

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Harvard University, 16 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA

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Genome Biology 2004, 5:251  doi:10.1186/gb-2004-5-12-251

Published: 29 November 2004


The long-standing question of how genes acquire introns has provoked much debate. A recent study makes considerable progress by identifying numerous recently gained introns in nematodes - although it remains difficult to distinguish definitively between models of intron gain.