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The issues related to 'Genomic Impact of Eukaryotic Transposable Elements', which took place in Pacific Grove, California between March 31st and April 4th 2006, are discussed. The meeting celebrated the extraordinary contributions of Dr. Carl W. Schmid to the study of repeated DNA sequences and mobile elements. With the advent of recombinant DNA technology, he led the discovery of human Alu elements, and the discovery of their amplification. The idea of the conference was to gather and disseminate information in transposable elements (TEs) on the state-of-the-art tools and approaches. The core sessions from the conference covered research on transposable elements with a strong emphasis on their impact on genomic stability and evolution. The scientific sessions were complemented by after-dinner workshop sessions focusing on Repbase, computer tools used in annotation and analysis of repetitive DNA and open problems related to the field.

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