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Mobile genetic elements

  Mobile genetic elements (MGE) are a type of DNA that can move around within the genome. They include:

  • Transposons
    • Retrotransposons
    • DNA transposons
    • Insertion sequences
  • Plasmids
  • Bacteriophage elements, like Mu which integrates randomly into the genome
  • Group II introns

The total of all mobile genetic elements in a genome may be referred to as the mobilome.


  • Miller, W.J. and Capy, P. eds. 2004. Mobile genetic elements : protocols and genomic applications. Humana Press. ISBN 1-58829-007-7
  • Shapiro, J.A. ed 1983. Mobile genetic elements. Academic Press. ISBN 0-12-638680-3
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