The complex structure and dynamic evolution of human subtelomeres

  title={The complex structure and dynamic evolution of human subtelomeres},
  author={Heather C. Mefford and Barbara J. Trask},
  journal={Nature Reviews Genetics},
Subtelomeres are extraordinarily dynamic and variable regions near the ends of chromosomes. They are defined by their unusual structure: patchworks of blocks that are duplicated near the ends of multiple chromosomes. Duplications among subtelomeres have spawned small gene families, making inter-individual variation in subtelomeres a potential source of phenotypic diversity. The ectopic recombination that occurs between subtelomeres might also have a role in reconstituting telomeres in the… CONTINUE READING

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