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minisatellite repeats

Tandem arrays of moderately repetitive, short (10-60 bases) DNA sequences found dispersed throughout the genome, at the ends of chromosomes (telomeres), and clustered near telomeres. Their degree of repetition is two to several hundred at each locus. Loci number in the thousands but each locus shows a distinctive repeat unit.
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  • minisatellites
  • VNTR region
  • variable tandem repeats
  • variable number of tandem repeats
  • VNTR sequences
  • VNTR (genetics)
  • VNTR loci
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