microsatellite

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microsatellite (ˌmaɪkrəʊˈsætəˌlaɪt)
 
n
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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