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In PNAS this week, researchers at Stanford and Tufts investigate various DNA sequences that can interfere with transcription and genomic stability because of their unusual structural properties. Sequences containing stretches of G-rich homopurine homopyrimidine are implicated in regulation of immunogenesis, genomic translocations, and telomere function, the researchers write.

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