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microsatellite

/ˌmaɪkrəʊˈsætəˌlaɪt/
noun
1.
(genetics) a section of DNA consisting of very short nucleotide sequences repeated many times, the number of repeats varying between members of the species: used as a marker in determining genetic diversity, identifying important genetic traits, and in forensics, population studies, and paternity studies
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