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repetitive DNA

Edited by Robert Hine

in A Dictionary of Biology

Eighth edition

Published in print April 2019 | ISBN: 9780198821489
Published online April 2019 | e-ISBN: 9780191860812
repetitive DNA

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DNA whose base sequence is repeated many times throughout the genome of an organism. It is common in eukaryotes, accounting for about half of the total DNA in mammals, for example, and can be divided into various types. Some is involved in maintaining the structure of the chromosomes, but a significant proportion remains of uncertain function, and is probably ...

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Subjects: Biological Sciences

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