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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.
Researchers identify specific target sites for DNA methylases

Researchers identify specific target sites for DNA methylases

Advanced cryo-EM imaging reveals high-resolution structure of viral RNA replication complex

Advanced cryo-EM imaging reveals high-resolution structure of viral RNA replication complex

New test uses a single drop of blood to rapidly detect radiation sickness

New test uses a single drop of blood to rapidly detect radiation sickness

Nix gene can help develop future mosquito control techniques

Nix gene can help develop future mosquito control techniques

Overzealous guardians in the cells could increase cancer risk

Overzealous guardians in the cells could increase cancer risk

Study of lysosomal function during mitosis reveals new biomarker for chromosomal instability

Study of lysosomal function during mitosis reveals new biomarker for chromosomal instability

Risk of severe COVID-19 in ~50 kb genomic segment inherited from Neanderthals

Risk of severe COVID-19 in ~50 kb genomic segment inherited from Neanderthals

New technique to sort out complex interactions unique to prostate cancer cells

New technique to sort out complex interactions unique to prostate cancer cells

Researchers create new tool to identify cancer-causing mutations lurking in 98% of the genome

Researchers create new tool to identify cancer-causing mutations lurking in 98% of the genome

NPHS1 is a disease-susceptibility gene for steroid-sensitive nephrotic syndrome, reveals study

NPHS1 is a disease-susceptibility gene for steroid-sensitive nephrotic syndrome, reveals study

New scanner to detect early signs of bladder cancer could save thousands of lives

New scanner to detect early signs of bladder cancer could save thousands of lives

Glitches in DNA replication have important implications for treating cancer

Glitches in DNA replication have important implications for treating cancer

Scientists discover osmotic stress as stimulator of cellular waste disposal

Scientists discover osmotic stress as stimulator of cellular waste disposal

Researchers identify new protein complex that regulates chromosome separation

Researchers identify new protein complex that regulates chromosome separation

A metabolic enzyme drives B cell lymphomas and could be a potential drug target

A metabolic enzyme drives B cell lymphomas and could be a potential drug target

ACE inhibition in kidney could influence pathogenesis of SARS-CoV-2

ACE inhibition in kidney could influence pathogenesis of SARS-CoV-2

Tomocube holotomography microscopy reveals novel cholesterol membrane transport system in erythrocytes infected with fatal malaria parasite

Tomocube holotomography microscopy reveals novel cholesterol membrane transport system in erythrocytes infected with fatal malaria parasite

Evidence of link between ACE2 genotype and COVID-19 disease severity

Evidence of link between ACE2 genotype and COVID-19 disease severity

Blood types and COVID-19 risk confirmed

Blood types and COVID-19 risk confirmed

Persistent DNA damage in the placenta can affect embryonic growth

Persistent DNA damage in the placenta can affect embryonic growth