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A repeated sections of DNA, two to five base-pairs in length, found scattered throughout the human genome. Because they are highly variable in length, microsatellites are often used in genetic studies, and in forensic and paternity tests.

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FDA gives go-ahead to first cancer drug based on genetics 30 May 2017 News
Good eggs, bad sperm and terrible journalism 2 March 2015 Comment
Teenage sperm mutation rate higher than thought 23 February 2015 News
Voles shed light on genetics of fidelity and shyness 12 June 2005 News

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