We have examined the phylogenetic distribution of a spectrum of Drosophila repetitive-dispersed DNAs ranging from structurally complex transposable elements to scrambled middle repetitive sequences. Our data suggest that unlike typical "genes" these DNAs are unstable components of the drosophilid genome. The unusual behavior of these repetitive-dispersed DNAs raises the possibility that this type of sequence may have an important role in the evolution of the family Drosophilidae.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
- Molecular Biology
- Phylogenetic distribution
- Repetitive-dispersed DNAs