Current Genetics

, Volume 63, Issue 3, pp 411–416 | Cite as

DNA repeat sequences: diversity and versatility of functions

  • Zhong Qian
  • Sankar Adhya


Although discovered decades ago, the molecular identification, the diversity and versatility of functions, and the evolutionary origin of repeat DNA sequences (REPs) containing palindromic units in prokaryotes are now bringing attention to a wide range of biological scientists. A brief account of the current state of the repeat DNA sequences is presented here.


Palindromic units Repeat DNA sequence naRNA BIME REP 



The work on naRNA was supported by the Intramural Research Program of the National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute, and the Center for Cancer Research.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Laboratory of Molecular BiologyNational Cancer Institute, National Institutes of HealthBethesdaUSA

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