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.
The average time from submission to a first decision is 24 days.
- Nancy L Craig, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
- Thomas H Eickbush, University of Rochester
- Cédric Feschotte, University of Utah
- Henry L Levin, NIH
Editors' picks Highlights from recent literature on mobile elements, selected by the Editors-in-Chief.
- Survey of chimeric IStron elements in bacterial genomes: multiple molecular symbioses between group I intron ribozymes and DNA transposons [Nucleic Acids Res. October 2014]
- Primate-specific endogenous retrovirus-driven transcription defines naive-like stem cells [Nature. October 2014]
- Domesticated transposase Kat1 and its fossil imprints induce sexual differentiation in yeast [PNAS. October 2014]
- An evolutionary arms race between KRAB zinc-finger genes ZNF91/93 and SVA/L1 retrotransposons [Nature. September 2014]
- SIRT6 represses LINE1 retrotransposons by ribosylating KAP1 but this repression fails with stress and age [Nat Commun. September 2014]
Transposable elements labs
Nancy L Craig is currently a Professor in the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and an Investigator for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
Professor Craig is a geneticist whose research interests include the mechanisms and control of transpositions and site-specific recombinations, protein – DNA interactions, and the molecular genetics of bacteria.
Thomas Eickbush is currently a Professor and Chair of the Department of Biology at the University of Rochester, New York.
“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.”
Cédric Feschotte is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Human Genetics at the University of Utah School of Medicine. His laboratory uses an integrative approach to study the evolution and biological impact of various forms of mobile DNA, with an emphasis on the genomes of vertebrates, including humans.
Henry Levin heads the NIH Section on Eukaryotic Transposable Elements.
"Mobile DNA is the flagship journal dedicated to publishing the latest results on transposable elements. The launch of this journal comes at a time when the full biological, evolutionary, and biochemical significance of mobile DNA is becoming recognized."