ISPE Glossary of Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Terminology

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Transposition

The process whereby a transposon or insertion sequence inserts itself into a new site on the same or another DNA molecule. The exact mechanism is not fully understood and different transposons may transpose by different mechanisms. Transposition in bacteria does not require extensive DNA homology between the transposon and the target DNA. The phenomenon is therefore described as illegitimate recombination.

Publication Source: Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Publication Date: 1999

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