International Congress on Transposable Genetic Elements.

20-Apr-2008 - 23-Apr-2008

Transposable elements are at the heart of biology. Since their discovery in the 1940’s, they have been shown to contribute significantly to genome structure, evolution and function. Their study aims at understanding their biological success and to characterize their contribution to fundamental biological functions. The increasing interest in these elements is strongly linked to our recent knowledge of genome organization and function. They are major players of phenotypic diversity but they are also involved in diverse human pathologies. Transposable element studies cover a broad spectrum of organisms and a large variety of biological processes and methodologies. The aim of this international congress, a “premiere” in Europe, is to integrate recent knowledge to design new concepts and to identify future orientations of research. Several topics will be covered such as, the evolution and activity of transposable elements, their dynamics within genomes and populations, their mechanisms of transposition and control and their impact on genomes.

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