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Researchers at Nanjing University in China have used genomic analyses to investigate the distribution of single nucleotide changes around insertions and deletions, or indels. Published online in Nature yesterday, their work found that among primates, rodents, fruit flies, rice, and yeast, heterozygosity for an indel causes mutation in the nearby sequences.

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