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What's in a centromere?

Jonathan C Lamb, James Theuri and James A Birchler*

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Division of Biological Sciences, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211, USA

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Genome Biology 2004, 5:239  doi:10.1186/gb-2004-5-9-239

Published: 17 August 2004


The complete sequence of rice centromere 8 reveals a small amount of centromere-specific satellite sequence in blocks interrupted by retrotransposons and other repetitive DNA, in an arrangement that is strikingly similar in overall size and content to other centromeres of multicellular eukaryotes.