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.
Gene responsible for Neuralgic Amyotrophy identified

Gene responsible for Neuralgic Amyotrophy identified

First proof of how the rare disorder Fanconi anemia causes chromosomal instability

First proof of how the rare disorder Fanconi anemia causes chromosomal instability

Multiple rare mutations within a single gene may increase risk for autism

Multiple rare mutations within a single gene may increase risk for autism

Scientists have tracked down the biological trigger that gives rise to Van Buchem disease

Scientists have tracked down the biological trigger that gives rise to Van Buchem disease

Neuronal death and processing of Tau protein in Alzheimer’s Disease (AD)

Neuronal death and processing of Tau protein in Alzheimer’s Disease (AD)