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Transposable elements often accumulate in nonrecombining regions, such as Y chromosomes. Contrary to this trend, a new Silene retrotransposon described here, has spread recently all over the genome of plant Silene latifolia, except its Y chromosome. This coincided with the latest steps of sex chromosome evolution in this species.

Original publication

DOI

10.1534/genetics.108.099267

Type

Journal article

Journal

Genetics

Publication Date

02/2009

Volume

181

Pages

811 - 817

Keywords

Biological Evolution, Chromosomes, Plant, Genome, Plant, In Situ Hybridization, Fluorescence, Phylogeny, Retroelements, Silene, Time Factors