Alu repeats and human genomic diversity

@article{Batzer2002AluRA,
  title={Alu repeats and human genomic diversity},
  author={Mark A. Batzer and Prescott L Deininger},
  journal={Nature Reviews Genetics},
  year={2002},
  volume={3},
  pages={370-379}
}
During the past 65 million years, Alu elements have propagated to more than one million copies in primate genomes, which has resulted in the generation of a series of Alu subfamilies of different ages. Alu elements affect the genome in several ways, causing insertion mutations, recombination between elements, gene conversion and alterations in gene expression. Alu-insertion polymorphisms are a boon for the study of human population genetics and primate comparative genomics because they are… 
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