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Simple Repeats

  1. Christian Schlötterer

Published Online: 23 SEP 2005

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0005066



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Schlötterer, C. 2005. Simple Repeats. eLS. .

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  1. Veterinärmedizinische Universität Wien, Wien, Austria

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 23 SEP 2005

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Simple sequences (microsatellites) are a ubiquitous component of the genome of higher organisms. Their high mutation rate provides the basis for the successful use of microsatellites as genetic markers.


  • microsatellite;
  • DNA replication slippage;
  • simple sequences;
  • cryptic simplicity