Data from: Islands of retroelements are major components of Drosophila centromeres

Ching-Ho Chang, Ankita Chanvan, Jason Palladino, Xiaolu Wei, Nuno M. C. Martins, Bryce Santinello, Chin-Chi Chen, Jelena Erceg, Brian J. Beliveau, Chao-Ting Wu, Amanda M. Larracuente & Barbara G Mellone
Centromeres are essential chromosomal regions that mediate kinetochore assembly and spindle attachments during cell division. Despite their functional conservation, centromeres are amongst the most rapidly evolving genomic regions and can shape karyotype evolution and speciation across taxa. Although significant progress has been made in identifying centromere-associated proteins, the highly repetitive centromeres of metazoans have been refractory to DNA sequencing and assembly, leaving large gaps in our understanding of their functional organization and evolution. Here, we...
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