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Review

Are Drosophila telomeres an exception or the rule?

Edward J Louis

Author Affiliations

Department of Genetics, University of Leicester, University Road, Leicester LE1 7RH, UK

Genome Biology 2002, 3:reviews0007-reviews0007.6  doi:10.1186/gb-2002-3-10-reviews0007

Published: 27 September 2002

Abstract

At the ends of eukaryotic chromosomes are telomeres, specialized structures with unusual properties. The repetitive structure of telomere regions makes them difficult to deal with in general genome-sequencing projects. Specific efforts to compare sequences and properties of telomeres across species can reveal the generalities of telomere properties.