Jumping genes are speeding up the research

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The Savilahti research group at the University of Helsinki and the Finnzymes Oy research group harnessed the so-called jumping genes, i.e., mobile DNA elements, into practical use. Picture: Juha Rahkonen

Jumping genes or mobile DNA elements are parts of the genome that have the ability to detach themselves from the DNA of the host cell and move on to a new part of the DNA molecule of the genome. Thanks to biotechnical development work, this phenomenon has now been harnessed into practical use.

The Template Generation System TGSTM product resulting from this work can be used as a generic molecular biology tool. It is especially well suited for the determination of the DNA base sequence, i.e., sequencing of DNA.