Burns Lab for Research on Repetitive DNAs and Transposable Elements
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The majority of our genome is highly repetitive sequence derived from the activities of self-propagating retrotransposons. Research in our lab focuses on roles these mobile genetic elements play in human disease. Despite their enormous impact on genome composition over evolutionary time and across virtually all eukaryotic taxa, transposons are often presumed to be inert, non-functional ‘junk DNA’. Our work is challenging that assumption.