University of Rochester, United States of America
Mobile DNA is an online, peer-reviewed, open access journal that publishes articles providing novel insights into DNA rearrangements in all organisms, ranging from transposition and other types of recombination mechanisms to patterns and processes of mobile element and host genome evolution.
In addition, the journal will consider articles on the utility of mobile genetic elements in biotechnological methods and protocols. Articles on microorganisms and viruses are particularly welcome.
I am delighted to be involved in the launch of a new journal devoted to the field of mobile DNA. The genomes of most organisms are filled with these relentless elements, and the means used to regulate their activity are fundamental to all aspects of information flow from DNA to RNA to protein. Whether your interests are how the mobile elements or how the hosts survives the onslaught, this journal can serve as an appropriate venue.
Professor Eickbush is a molecular and evolutionary biologist whose research interests are in retrotransposable elements, in particular those elements that specifically insert into the ribosomal RNA genes of their hosts. He is currently a professor and chair of the Department of Biology. His laboratory studies the endonucleases and reverse transcriptases involved in the mechanisms of retrotransposition, the co-expression of the elements with the rRNA genes, the epigenetic controls over that expression, the population level parameters that determine both the number of elements and the number of rRNA genes, and finally the origins and evolution of the elements.