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retrotransposon


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The product formed when a transposon is copied by RNA and is free within a cell. A retrotransposon can use reverse transcriptase to manufacture complementary DNA (thus copying the original transposon). Retroviruses are thought to have evolved from retrotransposons; these occur in most cells and are considered to be unhelpful and sometimes harmful (e.g. HIV).

Subjects: Ecology and Conservation.


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