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Humans normally have 46 chromosomes in each cell, divided into 23 pairs. Two copies of chromosome 8, one copy inherited from each parent, form one of the pairs. Chromosome 8 spans about 146 million DNA building blocks (base pairs) and represents between 4.5 percent and 5 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 8 likely contains between 700 and 1,100 genes.

Genes on chromosome 8 are among the estimated 20,000 to 25,000 total genes in the human genome.
Chromosomal imbalance in cancer cells can either promote or inhibit metastasis

Chromosomal imbalance in cancer cells can either promote or inhibit metastasis

DNA topological problems may cause lymphoma, study shows

DNA topological problems may cause lymphoma, study shows

Coriell researchers find new genetic indicator of obesity risk

Coriell researchers find new genetic indicator of obesity risk

Language may be a promising biomarker for progression of Hungtinton's disease

Language may be a promising biomarker for progression of Hungtinton's disease

Single gene cluster loss promotes initiation and progression of multiple myeloma in mice

Single gene cluster loss promotes initiation and progression of multiple myeloma in mice

New C. elegans model will accelerate study of a rare disease

New C. elegans model will accelerate study of a rare disease

New technique can label diverse molecules in a single tissue sample

New technique can label diverse molecules in a single tissue sample

Generating genomes and encoding new abilities into artificial DNA

Generating genomes and encoding new abilities into artificial DNA

Researchers identify key modifier in large genetic deletion linked to neurodevelopmental disorders

Researchers identify key modifier in large genetic deletion linked to neurodevelopmental disorders

Scientists unravel mechanisms that lead to ventricular enlargement in schizophrenia

Scientists unravel mechanisms that lead to ventricular enlargement in schizophrenia

Minigenes produced by CRISPR combat liver disease in mice

Minigenes produced by CRISPR combat liver disease in mice

New study provides clear picture of brain abnormalities associated with schizophrenia

New study provides clear picture of brain abnormalities associated with schizophrenia

Major breakthrough in understanding how malaria parasite grows and multiplies

Major breakthrough in understanding how malaria parasite grows and multiplies

New mechanism for repair of chromosomal breaks

New mechanism for repair of chromosomal breaks

Growing eggs and sperm to treat infertility

Growing eggs and sperm to treat infertility

Discovery of potential cause of age-related macular degeneration

Discovery of potential cause of age-related macular degeneration

Research provides new insights into molecular basis of X-chromosome inactivation

Research provides new insights into molecular basis of X-chromosome inactivation

Natural antioxidant reverses reproductive harms caused by BPA exposure in worms

Natural antioxidant reverses reproductive harms caused by BPA exposure in worms

Researchers discover new mutational phenomenon chromothripsis in cancer

Researchers discover new mutational phenomenon chromothripsis in cancer

Cancer mutations may arise decades before diagnosis

Cancer mutations may arise decades before diagnosis