Trends Biotechnol 2007 Nov 22;25(11):490-8. Epub 2007 Oct 22.
University School of Biotechnology, Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Kashmere Gate, Delhi 110 006, India.
During recent decades, microsatellites have become the most popular source of genetic markers. More recently, the availability of enormous sequence data for a large number of eukaryotic genomes has accelerated research aimed at understanding the origin and functions of microsatellites and searching for new applications. This review presents recent developments of in silico mining of microsatellites to reveal various facets of the distribution and dynamics of microsatellites in eukaryotic genomes. Two aspects of microsatellite search strategies--using a suitable search tool and accessing a relevant microsatellite database--have been explored. Judicious microsatellite mining not only helps in addressing biological questions but also facilitates better exploitation of microsatellites for diverse applications.