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NAR Molecular Biology Database Collection entry number 782
Li F. and Herrin D.L.
Section of Molecular Cell and Developmental Biology and Institute for Cellular and Molecular Biology, School of Biological Sciences, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas 78712, USA

Database Description

Introns in organelle genomes demonstrate wide variation in both features and behavior in Nature. Three classes of organelle introns are now recognized: 1) Group I, 2) Group II, and 3) Group III which are related to Group II introns. These introns have attracted considerable attention because of two remarkable properties: 1) the ability to self-splice, 2) the ability to function as mobile elements. These properties are being explored in order to understand gene evolution and as potential tools in genetic engineering and genomic analysis

Go to the abstract in the NAR 2002 Database Issue.
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