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Open Access Commentary

Repetitive elements in parasitic protozoa

Christine Clayton

Author Affiliations

Zentrum für Molekulare Biologie der Universität Heidelberg, DKFZ-ZMBH Alliance, Im Neuenheimer Feld 282, D-69120 Heidelberg, Germany

BMC Biology 2010, 8:64  doi:10.1186/1741-7007-8-64

Published: 24 May 2010

Abstract

A recent paper published in BMC Genomics suggests that retrotransposition may be active in the human gut parasite Entamoeba histolytica. This adds to our knowledge of the various types of repetitive elements in parasitic protists and the potential influence of such elements on pathogenicity.

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