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The diversity of LTR retrotransposons

Ericka R Havecker, Xiang Gao and Daniel F Voytas*

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Department of Genetics, Development and Cell Biology, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011, USA

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Genome Biology 2004, 5:225  doi:10.1186/gb-2004-5-6-225

Published: 18 May 2004


Eukaryotic genomes are full of long terminal repeat (LTR) retrotransposons. Although most LTR retrotransposons have common structural features and encode similar genes, there is nonetheless considerable diversity in their genomic organization, reflecting the different strategies they use to proliferate within the genomes of their hosts.