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    Transposable elements and mutations

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    Transposable elements cause mutations when the element is inserted within genes. These elements disrupt the continuity of a gene and could render it useless. In light of this, explain how and why transposons can be useful to prokaryotes. Provide a specific example of how a transposon could be useful to a prokaryote.

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    Transposons in bacteria usually carry an additional gene for function other than transposition---often for antibiotic resistance. ...

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    The following posting discusses how transposable elements cause mutations when elements are inserted within genes.