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The meaning of transposons

Discrete segments of DNA which can excise and
reintegrate to another site in the genome. Most
are inactive, i.e., have not been found to exist
outside the integrated state. DNA transposable
elements include bacterial IS (insertion sequence)
elements, Tn elements, the maize controlling
elements Ac and Ds, Drosophila P, gypsy, and pogo
elements, the human Tigger elements and the Tc and
mariner elements which are found throughout the
animal kingdom.

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