What are mini-satellites?


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  1. Mini-satellites are short sequences of 10- 12 base pairs.
  2. They are repeated throughout the chromosome in all individuals.
  3. Individuals vary in size, number and location of these Mini-satellites.
  4. There is a high rate of genetic exchange that takes place at the Mini-satellite sequences.
  5. The rate is approximately 10-4 kb of DNA, i.e. even greater than meiotic recombination.
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