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"Jumping genes": Real-time transposon activity in living cells

“Jumping genes” are ubiquitous. Every domain of life hosts these sequences of DNA that can “jump” from one position to another along a chromosome; in fact, nearly half the human genome is made up of jumping genes. Depending on their specific excision and insertion points, jumping genes can interrupt or trigger gene expression, driving genetic mutation and contributing to cell diversification.

Nigel Goldenfeld Interviewed in Huffington Post

Nigel Goldenfeld Interviewed in Huffington Post

Susan Mazur of the Huffington Post recently interviewed Nigel Goldenfeld, Swanlund Professor of Physics. Goldenfeld, also the leader of the IGB Biocomplexity research theme, as well as the director of the Institute for Universal Biology, a NASA astrobiology institute housed at the IGB, spoke on evolution, Carl Woese, and the need for a theory of life, among other things.

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