15:12 Jun 1, 2011
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French to English translations [PRO]
Science - Genetics
French term or phrase: série
Le génome humain contient des unités répétitives en *série* et en nombre variable.

Does this mean sequence ?

Thanks !
Odile Raymond

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liz askew
Sophie Ciaramella

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41 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 3/5Answerer confidence 3/5

Sequence does seem to be the right word in this case!

    Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsatellite_%28genetics%29
    Reference: http://nar.oxfordjournals.org/content/16/17/8487.abstract
Sophie Ciaramella
United Kingdom
Local time: 16:00
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish, Native in FrenchFrench
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Asker: Thanks Sophie ! This is all very confusing but I think that what I need here is "series".

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37 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 3/5Answerer confidence 3/5

the above site talks about Short Tandem Repeats, in French

this site also discusses STRs, “sequence” does seem to be correct, IMHO.

Note added at 39 mins (2011-06-01 15:51:20 GMT)

Short tandem repeat - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A short tandem repeat (STR) in DNA occurs when a pattern of two or more nucleotides are repeated and the repeated sequences are directly adjacent to each ...
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Short_tandem_repeat - Cached - Similar

I am unable to find anything at all convincing for "serial/series".

Note added at 45 mins (2011-06-01 15:57:16 GMT)

the only other thing I found where "series" was mentioned was with regard to

tandem repeats/arrays
Dictionary - Definition of tandem
Tandem array · Fisheries, Multiple copies of a sequence of DNA that are arranged one after another in series. Repeat units can be short nucleotide sequences ...

I think I have just found

repeat units that are arranged in series

so maybe this is what you need.

Please study research carefully:)

Note added at 4 hrs (2011-06-01 19:59:17 GMT)

Deoxyribonucleic acid, or DNA, provides the vital information for genetic inheritance by forming an immense sequence of codesmade up from four very simple base units. These four base units, known as nucleotides, string together to form a DNA strand millions of bases long. Within the four nucleotides there are two complementary base pairs that will only align with each other.
Science aid: DNA Structure and Replication, Polymerase Chain Reaction
DNA is made up of repeating units called nucleotides they are made up of three ... As was mentioned above there are 4 different bases in DNA: Adenine, Thymine, ... An important feature of bases in DNA is complimentary base pairing. ...
scienceaid.co.uk/biology/genetics/dna.html - Cached - Similar

liz askew
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Local time: 16:00
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Asker: Thanks Liz. The thing is the writer actually uses "séquence" further in my document. I assume what is meant here is "serially repeated units". Please check out http://etd.ohiolink.edu/view.cgi?acc_num=case1279345476

Asker: Thank you for the complementary information, Liz !

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