repeated DNA's

Daniel Mcgoldrick ez005139 at dino.ucdavis.edu
Sun May 14 19:32:35 EST 1995

Is there any known relationship between the structure of a repeated 
DNA element such as a VNTR or microsatellite and it's mutation rate?
I am currently compiling some data for a multiple regression and am 
interested in such things as:

1) Hyper-mutability under stress to the organism
2) Repeat induced point mutations 
3) Total number of tandem copies
4) Compound repeat structures
5) Slippage to mispairing rates

and anything else I can score off of a sequence.

I'm trying to construct a model that will give me an estimate 
of the usefullness of a repeat structure (as seen on a sequencing gel) 
for a certain range of divergence time that spans as many as five log 
units. Ideally, it would be cool to just look at the sequence and calculate
"that one is informative for e.g. between 1 and 10 thousand years because 
it has fifteen repeats of 2bp that are not interrupted...."

Data, references, or reasons why I am completely crazy would be greatly

Daniel J McGoldrick
UC Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory
PO Box 247
Bodega Bay, Ca. USA
(707) 875 - 2089 Fax me 

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