Chromosome 17 News and Research

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Humans normally have 46 chromosomes in each cell, divided into 23 pairs. Two copies of chromosome 17, one copy inherited from each parent, form one of the pairs. Chromosome 17 spans about 79 million base pairs (the building blocks of DNA) and represents between 2.5 percent and 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 17 likely contains between 1,200 and 1,500 genes.

Genes on chromosome 17 are among the estimated 20,000 to 25,000 total genes in the human genome.
Research shows mouse with greater life expectancy are shy and less active

Research shows mouse with greater life expectancy are shy and less active

Results of ibrutinib Phase 2 study in patients with mantle cell lymphoma published in NEJM

Results of ibrutinib Phase 2 study in patients with mantle cell lymphoma published in NEJM

FDA grants Breakthrough Therapy Designation for ibrutinib as monotherapy for CLL patients

FDA grants Breakthrough Therapy Designation for ibrutinib as monotherapy for CLL patients

Study links genetic variation, wheezing illness to childhood asthma risk

Study links genetic variation, wheezing illness to childhood asthma risk

Dysregulation of CISTR-ACT causes brachydactyly type E

Dysregulation of CISTR-ACT causes brachydactyly type E

Genetic basis of uterine fibroids uncovered

Genetic basis of uterine fibroids uncovered

Six novel genetic associations for early onset male pattern baldness

Six novel genetic associations for early onset male pattern baldness

Researchers identify new gene variants linked with common childhood obesity

Researchers identify new gene variants linked with common childhood obesity

ASI receives FDA clearance for GenASIs Scan and Analysis

ASI receives FDA clearance for GenASIs Scan and Analysis

Ventana Medical receives FDA approval for new breast cancer genetic test

Ventana Medical receives FDA approval for new breast cancer genetic test

Sequencing the genomes of cancer patients help doctors decide the best course of treatment

Sequencing the genomes of cancer patients help doctors decide the best course of treatment

First ever genome scan for womb cancer reveals genetic region that reduces risk of the disease

First ever genome scan for womb cancer reveals genetic region that reduces risk of the disease

New mechanisms of resistance to chemotherapy among leukemia patients

New mechanisms of resistance to chemotherapy among leukemia patients

Deletion of 17q12 chromosomal region increases risk factor for ASD, schizophrenia

Deletion of 17q12 chromosomal region increases risk factor for ASD, schizophrenia

Asthma linked to seven genetic variants: Study

Asthma linked to seven genetic variants: Study

Scientists discover new genetic variants, pave way for early detection of ovarian cancer

Scientists discover new genetic variants, pave way for early detection of ovarian cancer

Researchers identify gene abnormality for most common congenital birth defect, clubfoot

Researchers identify gene abnormality for most common congenital birth defect, clubfoot

Abnormality on chromosome 17 helps detect breast cancer tumour's response to anthracyclines

Abnormality on chromosome 17 helps detect breast cancer tumour's response to anthracyclines

Genetic basis unknown in many children with mental retardation and developmental delays

Genetic basis unknown in many children with mental retardation and developmental delays

Gene's role in immune system may suggest new treatments for childhood asthma

Gene's role in immune system may suggest new treatments for childhood asthma