model: dxlogic http://dxlogic.deviantart.com/art/Anya-stock-II-175815090
Transposable elements (TEs), also known as "jumping genes," are DNA sequences that move from one location on the genome to another. Over several decades, it became apparent that not only do TEs "jump," but they are also found in almost all organisms (both prokaryotes and eukaryotes) and typically in large numbers. For example, TEs make up approximately 50% of the human genome and up to 90% of the maize genome. Much of what a transposon does depends on where it lands. Landing inside a gene can result in a mutation.