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repetitive DNA

Edited by Elizabeth Martin and Robert Hine

in A Dictionary of Biology

Seventh edition

Published in print June 2016 | ISBN: 9780198714378
Published online September 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780191782770
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 may be ‘junk’, or ...

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Subjects: Biological Sciences

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