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.
Results from five new studies on Genomic Health's Oncotype DX breast cancer test announced

Results from five new studies on Genomic Health's Oncotype DX breast cancer test announced

NCCN Guidelines adds ofatumumab and romidepsin as therapy options for CLL

NCCN Guidelines adds ofatumumab and romidepsin as therapy options for CLL

Study provides insights into genes that help maintain youthfulness of the skin

Study provides insights into genes that help maintain youthfulness of the skin

New research tool – map of genomic variation for diagnosing and identifying genetic problems

New research tool – map of genomic variation for diagnosing and identifying genetic problems

Autism discovery may explain why disorder strikes boys four times more than girls

Autism discovery may explain why disorder strikes boys four times more than girls

'Gene hunters' find two new breast cancer genes

'Gene hunters' find two new breast cancer genes

Blood test predicts chance of frontal lobe dementia

Blood test predicts chance of frontal lobe dementia

Discovery of new syndrome associated with severe congenital neutropenia

Discovery of new syndrome associated with severe congenital neutropenia

New research moves us one step closer to personalised breast cancer treatment

New research moves us one step closer to personalised breast cancer treatment

Gene discovery could help answer basic questions of upright walking

Gene discovery could help answer basic questions of upright walking

Researchers identify cells that cause nervous system disease

Researchers identify cells that cause nervous system disease

Herceptin helps women with multiple chromosomes containing HER2 gene

Herceptin helps women with multiple chromosomes containing HER2 gene

Nicotine has significant effects on brain GABA

Nicotine has significant effects on brain GABA

Discovery of new pathway causing cell death related to frontotemporal dementia and ALS

Discovery of new pathway causing cell death related to frontotemporal dementia and ALS

New gene mutation linked to frontotemporal dementia

New gene mutation linked to frontotemporal dementia

Discovery of new gene with links to childhood asthma

Discovery of new gene with links to childhood asthma

Asthma gene found

Asthma gene found

There may be a real code to chromosomal organization

There may be a real code to chromosomal organization

Researchers find cause of frontotemporal dementia

Researchers find cause of frontotemporal dementia

Discovered of gene mutations associated with hereditary neuralgic amyotrophy

Discovered of gene mutations associated with hereditary neuralgic amyotrophy