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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.
New defense mechanism makes lethal Salmonella strain resistant to viral infection

New defense mechanism makes lethal Salmonella strain resistant to viral infection

Artificial intelligence tool to predict the risk of psychotic illness

Artificial intelligence tool to predict the risk of psychotic illness

Review of COVID-19 clinical and viral characteristics, pathogenesis, and genetics

Review of COVID-19 clinical and viral characteristics, pathogenesis, and genetics

Penn scientists win 2021 Lasker Award for the discovery of therapeutic mRNA technology

Penn scientists win 2021 Lasker Award for the discovery of therapeutic mRNA technology

Researchers identify distinctive biological markers for earlier detection of pregnancy risks

Researchers identify distinctive biological markers for earlier detection of pregnancy risks

Role of host gene variants in COVID-19 severity

Role of host gene variants in COVID-19 severity

Researcher explores the genetic interplay between personality traits and COVID

Researcher explores the genetic interplay between personality traits and COVID

Sex defining factors influence expression of ACE2 and other SARS-CoV-2 machinery

Sex defining factors influence expression of ACE2 and other SARS-CoV-2 machinery

Scientists identify a possible “Achilles’ heel” in the frustration of amyloid beta peptides

Scientists identify a possible “Achilles’ heel” in the frustration of amyloid beta peptides

Cancer treatment with terpyridine platinum compounds induces telomere dysfunction, chromosome instability

Cancer treatment with terpyridine platinum compounds induces telomere dysfunction, chromosome instability

Researchers develop a machine learning-based screening tool for genetic syndromes in children

Researchers develop a machine learning-based screening tool for genetic syndromes in children

Growing wheat varieties with biological nitrification inhibition trait could increase yields

Growing wheat varieties with biological nitrification inhibition trait could increase yields

Uppsala researchers find solution to long-standing biological search enigma

Uppsala researchers find solution to long-standing biological search enigma

New, one-stop method developed to avoid de novo genetic disease in embryos

New, one-stop method developed to avoid de novo genetic disease in embryos

Research offers new insight into how to treat endometriosis

Research offers new insight into how to treat endometriosis

Penn study shows how certain proteins have evolved to suppress cheating chromosomes

Penn study shows how certain proteins have evolved to suppress cheating chromosomes

Analysis of seadragon genome offers new insights into its phenotype and sex-determination locus

Analysis of seadragon genome offers new insights into its phenotype and sex-determination locus

Study provides insight into fitness effects of genomic structural variants in natural populations

Study provides insight into fitness effects of genomic structural variants in natural populations

Structure of BRCA2 protein complex critical for DNA repair solved

Structure of BRCA2 protein complex critical for DNA repair solved

Study uncovers epigenetic mechanism that mediates a link between fetal conditions and later health

Study uncovers epigenetic mechanism that mediates a link between fetal conditions and later health