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Are Drosophila telomeres an exception or the rule?

Edward J Louis

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Department of Genetics, University of Leicester, University Road, Leicester LE1 7RH, UK

Genome Biology 2002, 3:reviews0007-reviews0007.6  doi:10.1186/gb-2002-3-10-reviews0007

Published: 27 September 2002


At the ends of eukaryotic chromosomes are telomeres, specialized structures with unusual properties. The repetitive structure of telomere regions makes them difficult to deal with in general genome-sequencing projects. Specific efforts to compare sequences and properties of telomeres across species can reveal the generalities of telomere properties.