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Open Access Meeting Report

Meeting Report for Mobile DNA 2010

George Chaconas12, Nancy Craig34, M Joan Curcio5, Prescott Deininger6, Cedric Feschotte7, Henry Levin8, Phoebe A Rice9 and Daniel F Voytas10*

Author Affiliations

1 Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, T2N 4N1, Canada

2 Department of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, T2N 4N1, Canada

3 Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD 21205, USA

4 Howard Hughes Medical Institute, 4000 Jones Bridge Road, Chevy Chase, MD 20815-6789, USA

5 The Wadsworth Center, Center for Medical Sciences, Albany, NY 12201, USA

6 Tulane Cancer Center, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70112, USA

7 Department of Biology, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX 76019, USA

8 Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Bethesda, MD 20892, USA

9 Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, The University of Chicago, Chicago IL 60637, USA

10 Department of Genetics, Cell Biology & Development, The University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA

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Mobile DNA 2010, 1:20  doi:10.1186/1759-8753-1-20

Published: 24 August 2010

Abstract

An international conference on mobile DNA was held 24-28 April 2010 in Montreal, Canada. Sponsored by the American Society for Microbiology, the conference's goal was to bring together researchers from around the world who study transposition in diverse organisms using multiple experimental approaches. The meeting drew over 190 attendees and most contributed through poster presentations, invited talks and short talks selected from poster abstracts. The talks were organized into eight scientific sessions, which ranged in topic from the evolutionary dynamics of mobile genetic elements to transposition reaction mechanisms. Here we present highlights from the platform sessions with a focus on talks presented by the invited speakers.