Alu elements: know the SINEs
Tulane Cancer Center, SL66, 1430 Tulane Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70112, USA
Genome Biology 2011, 12:236 doi:10.1186/gb-2011-12-12-236Published: 28 December 2011
Alu elements are primate-specific repeats and comprise 11% of the human genome. They have wide-ranging influences on gene expression. Their contribution to genome evolution, gene regulation and disease is reviewed.