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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.
Molecular biologists elucidate the key role of motor proteins in cell division

Molecular biologists elucidate the key role of motor proteins in cell division

Researchers find new insight on the link between a gene and congenital heart disease

Researchers find new insight on the link between a gene and congenital heart disease

Gene offers some level of protection from severe Covid

Gene offers some level of protection from severe Covid

Study brings to light the role of a cellular protein in COVID-19 infections

Study brings to light the role of a cellular protein in COVID-19 infections

Study identifies new genetic variants that cause developmental disorders in children

Study identifies new genetic variants that cause developmental disorders in children

Nanopore sequencing contradicts human genome integration of SARS-CoV-2

Nanopore sequencing contradicts human genome integration of SARS-CoV-2

Research offers new hope for people affected by the microdeletion of chromosome 22

Research offers new hope for people affected by the microdeletion of chromosome 22

UCL researchers measure mass of human chromosomes with X-rays for the first time

UCL researchers measure mass of human chromosomes with X-rays for the first time

Could a mathematical application of information theory identify and predict SARS-CoV-2 mutations?

Could a mathematical application of information theory identify and predict SARS-CoV-2 mutations?

Kinase inhibitors could provide an effective way to treat high-risk leukaemia

Kinase inhibitors could provide an effective way to treat high-risk leukaemia

Scientists develop new resources to combat cancer, advance cutting-edge genomics research

Scientists develop new resources to combat cancer, advance cutting-edge genomics research

Specific enzymes protect the human skin and body from microbes, viruses

Specific enzymes protect the human skin and body from microbes, viruses

Novel 'CopyCatcher' detects when precise copying of genetic information takes place in cells

Novel 'CopyCatcher' detects when precise copying of genetic information takes place in cells

Severe COVID-19 linked to genetic clotting predisposition

Severe COVID-19 linked to genetic clotting predisposition

Machine learning approach helps study human hypothalamus at the single-cell level

Machine learning approach helps study human hypothalamus at the single-cell level

Researchers study how cancer cells re-organize 3D structure of DNA to ramp up oncogene activity

Researchers study how cancer cells re-organize 3D structure of DNA to ramp up oncogene activity

Researchers show SARS-CoV-2 genes can be integrated into the human genome

Researchers show SARS-CoV-2 genes can be integrated into the human genome

New method shows that tau forms small aggregates as part of the body's normal physiology

New method shows that tau forms small aggregates as part of the body's normal physiology

Researchers report rare case of cardiac arrhythmias in a neonate with Turner syndrome

Researchers report rare case of cardiac arrhythmias in a neonate with Turner syndrome

High-powered MRI detects subtle differences in the hippocampus of people with Down syndrome

High-powered MRI detects subtle differences in the hippocampus of people with Down syndrome