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Feature: Jumping Genes and the Spectacular Evolution of Flowering Plants
The emergence and rapid rise of flowering plants is one of the most extraordinary and yet still not fully explained phenomena in evolutionary history. Could what Darwin himself called an “abominable mystery” be caused by jumping genes?
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Feature: What’s Jumped Into Your DNA?
DNA elements that can transfer between species make up an astonishing 17% of the human genome, and have been associated with schizophrenia and cancer.
Feature: How Jumping Genes Drove Primate Evolution
Jumping genes have been important in the evolution of higher primates, leading to faster brain function, improved foetal nourishment, useful red-green colour discrimination and greater resistance to disease-causing microbes – and even the loss of fat storage genes in gibbons.
Browse: Koala Virus Gives Researchers a Live Look at the Evolution of Junk DNA in Humans