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Humans normally have 46 chromosomes in each cell, divided into 23 pairs. Two copies of chromosome 6, one copy inherited from each parent, form one of the pairs. Chromosome 6 spans about 171 million base pairs (the building blocks of DNA) and represents between 5.5 percent and 6 percent of the total DNA in cells.

Identifying genes on each chromosome is an active area of genetic research. Because researchers use different approaches to predict the number of genes on each chromosome, the estimated number of genes varies. Chromosome 6 likely contains between 1,100 and 1,600 genes.

Genes on chromosome 6 are among the estimated 20,000 to 25,000 total genes in the human genome.
Study finds false negatives in common tests used to determine ROS1 status in lung cancer

Study finds false negatives in common tests used to determine ROS1 status in lung cancer

Researchers identify genes linked to childhood nephrotic syndrome

Researchers identify genes linked to childhood nephrotic syndrome

Researchers discover potential target genes to halt thyroid cancer progression

Researchers discover potential target genes to halt thyroid cancer progression

Modular gene enhancers may be suitable target in treatment of blood cancer

Modular gene enhancers may be suitable target in treatment of blood cancer

Three-dimensional organization of genome plays key role in gene expression, cell fate

Three-dimensional organization of genome plays key role in gene expression, cell fate

WPI professor receives Smith Family Foundation grant to explore biology of cancer cells

WPI professor receives Smith Family Foundation grant to explore biology of cancer cells

MGH study points toward potential strategy for treating X-linked disorders

MGH study points toward potential strategy for treating X-linked disorders

Study illustrates the role of alcohol in causing damage to DNA and increased cancer risk

Study illustrates the role of alcohol in causing damage to DNA and increased cancer risk

Scientists show how alcohol exposure leads to permanent genetic damage

Scientists show how alcohol exposure leads to permanent genetic damage

Study uncovers genomic targets in refractory neuroblastoma

Study uncovers genomic targets in refractory neuroblastoma

Novartis announces FDA approval of its first and only CML therapy with TFR data in product label

Novartis announces FDA approval of its first and only CML therapy with TFR data in product label

Having older brothers may increase the likelihood of being gay

Having older brothers may increase the likelihood of being gay

Simple molecular test may help predict presence of high-grade pancreatic cancers

Simple molecular test may help predict presence of high-grade pancreatic cancers

SLU scientists provide promising approach in designing new drugs for DMD

SLU scientists provide promising approach in designing new drugs for DMD

Study shows how interplay between two key enzymes promotes brain tumor growth

Study shows how interplay between two key enzymes promotes brain tumor growth

Research shows how cells rebuild nucleus, organize genome after division

Research shows how cells rebuild nucleus, organize genome after division

Leishmania genome study reveals the parasites adaptation to the environment

Leishmania genome study reveals the parasites adaptation to the environment

Leishmania adaptation to environmental changes results from frequent chromosomal amplifications

Leishmania adaptation to environmental changes results from frequent chromosomal amplifications

OBD presents results of immunotherapy studies at FNIH Biomarker Consortium Cancer Steering Committee’s annual meeting

OBD presents results of immunotherapy studies at FNIH Biomarker Consortium Cancer Steering Committee’s annual meeting

New technique may reveal clues about role of centromeres in Down syndrome, other birth defects

New technique may reveal clues about role of centromeres in Down syndrome, other birth defects