long terminal repeat


: an identical sequence of several hundred base pairs at each end of the DNA synthesized by the reverse transcriptase of a retrovirus that controls integration of the viral DNA into the host DNA and expression of the genes of the virus

called also LTR

compare tandem repeat

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“Long terminal repeat.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/long%20terminal%20repeat. Accessed 23 Sep. 2023.

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