Chromosome 16 News and Research

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Humans normally have 46 chromosomes in each cell, divided into 23 pairs. Two copies of chromosome 16, one copy inherited from each parent, form one of the pairs. Chromosome 16 spans about 89 million base pairs (the building blocks of DNA) and represents almost 3 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 16 likely contains between 850 and 1,200 genes.

Genes on chromosome 16 are among the estimated 20,000 to 25,000 total genes in the human genome.
NAP and SAL injection during pregnancy improve memory, learning tasks in offsprings

NAP and SAL injection during pregnancy improve memory, learning tasks in offsprings

Genetic key to severe malaria resistance uncovered

Genetic key to severe malaria resistance uncovered

Distinctive protein pathways in certain leukemia patients

Distinctive protein pathways in certain leukemia patients

Source of infantile epilepsy found in a gene

Source of infantile epilepsy found in a gene

Scientists uncover three new locations for Crohn's Disease genes

Scientists uncover three new locations for Crohn's Disease genes

Scientists discover genetic cause of extreme thinness

Scientists discover genetic cause of extreme thinness

Gene variations may increase risk of developing schizophrenia: Study

Gene variations may increase risk of developing schizophrenia: Study

Gene playing crucial role in immune system balance identified

Gene playing crucial role in immune system balance identified

Study: Chromosomal microarray analysis detects genetic changes related to ASDs better than standard tests

Study: Chromosomal microarray analysis detects genetic changes related to ASDs better than standard tests

New gene locus influencing risk for atrial fibrillation identified

New gene locus influencing risk for atrial fibrillation identified

Defective chromosome cause of severe obesity

Defective chromosome cause of severe obesity

New study reveals genetic alteration can lead to severe childhood obesity

New study reveals genetic alteration can lead to severe childhood obesity

Developmental and behavior problems in individuals with autism associated DNA imbalance characterized

Developmental and behavior problems in individuals with autism associated DNA imbalance characterized

Possible new approach to slow the progression of cognitive decline in Down's syndrome

Possible new approach to slow the progression of cognitive decline in Down's syndrome

Autism Consortium holds its fourth annual symposium to update on autism

Autism Consortium holds its fourth annual symposium to update on autism

Research reveals that mutation of chromosome 16 increases risk of schizophrenia

Research reveals that mutation of chromosome 16 increases risk of schizophrenia

Decode Genetics announces Q2 2009 financials

Decode Genetics announces Q2 2009 financials

Molecular test for cancer relapse in UK children

Molecular test for cancer relapse in UK children

Discovery of new gene associated with Lou Gehrig's disease

Discovery of new gene associated with Lou Gehrig's disease

Molecular test for cancer relapse in UK children

Molecular test for cancer relapse in UK children