There has been a lot of talk about transposable elements during the Plant and Animal Genome #PAGXXIII meeting this week. As half or more – often 75% – of all the DNA in a plant or animal genome is typically made of class I retrotransposons and class II DNA transposons, this widespread interest is right! My own talk at the Banana genomics session, now live on Slideshare, was one of many of the transposon talks. I focussed on a class of DNA elements, the hAT transposons, where the abundance, diversity and chromosomal localization has not been studied in detail in many species where the hAT elements and their derived MITEs with the major gene deleted. The talk is here: http://www.slideshare.net/PatHeslopHarrison/banana-transposable-elements-the-hat-dna-element-story-pagxxiii
It overviews our work on transposable elements in the Musa or banana genome, using genomic sequence, bioinformatics, diversity panels and in situ hybridization approaches.
References to the work are given at the end of the slideshare.
A second talk at #PAGXXIII discussed diversity in Ethiopian linseed/flax/Linum: https://molcyt.org/2015/01/14/diversity-and-characters-in-ethiopian-linseed-linum-pagxxiii-negash-worku/
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So so amazing