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Variable number tandem repeats

Synonym(s)

  • VNTR

Definition(s)

Linear arrangement of multiple copies of short repeated DNA sequences that vary in length and are highly polymorphic, making them useful as markers in linkage analysis

Definition from: GeneReviewsThis link leads to a site outside Genetics Home Reference. from the University of Washington and the National Center for Biotechnology Information

A tandem repeat from a single genetic locus in which the number of repeated DNA segments varies from individual to individual and is used for identification purposes (as in DNA fingerprinting).

Definition from: Merriam-Webster's Medical DictionaryThis link leads to a site outside Genetics Home Reference. by Merriam-Webster Inc.

See also Understanding Medical Terminology.

 
Published: April 7, 2014