Chromosome 8 News and Research

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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.
Researchers find CXCR6 gene plays a role in COVID-19 severity

Researchers find CXCR6 gene plays a role in COVID-19 severity

The origin of SARS-CoV-2 furin cleavage site remains a mystery

The origin of SARS-CoV-2 furin cleavage site remains a mystery

People with ADHD and DBDs share genetic variants associated with risky behaviors

People with ADHD and DBDs share genetic variants associated with risky behaviors

Genetic variant inherited from Neanderthals associated with protection against severe COVID-19

Genetic variant inherited from Neanderthals associated with protection against severe COVID-19

New urine test could avoid unnecessary prostate cancer biopsies

New urine test could avoid unnecessary prostate cancer biopsies

Research shows how mutation linked with CLN3-Batten disease could lead to vision loss

Research shows how mutation linked with CLN3-Batten disease could lead to vision loss

Scientists identify genomic signatures of long-term survival in luminal breast cancer patients

Scientists identify genomic signatures of long-term survival in luminal breast cancer patients

Chronic hypoxia upregulates RNA polymerase I, alters methylation on ribosomal RNAs

Chronic hypoxia upregulates RNA polymerase I, alters methylation on ribosomal RNAs

Study shows how tissue damage promotes the earliest stages of pancreatic cancer

Study shows how tissue damage promotes the earliest stages of pancreatic cancer

Study finds protective genetic associations with mild COVID-19

Study finds protective genetic associations with mild COVID-19

Experts advise disaggregating data on COVID-19 patients by sex

Experts advise disaggregating data on COVID-19 patients by sex

UC research team uses zebrafish to study a gene mutation that causes congenital scoliosis

UC research team uses zebrafish to study a gene mutation that causes congenital scoliosis

Antibiotic resistance may be more widespread than previously expected

Antibiotic resistance may be more widespread than previously expected

FISH technique can be used to probe sperm DNA for chromosomal defects

FISH technique can be used to probe sperm DNA for chromosomal defects

Researchers identify new drug combination that can treat acute myeloid leukemia

Researchers identify new drug combination that can treat acute myeloid leukemia

New computational technique accurately differentiates between data from tumor cells and normal cells

New computational technique accurately differentiates between data from tumor cells and normal cells

Computational method uses heat map data to reverse engineer 3D chromosome models

Computational method uses heat map data to reverse engineer 3D chromosome models

Mosaic mutations during embryonic development can cause autism spectrum disorder

Mosaic mutations during embryonic development can cause autism spectrum disorder

Genetic blueprint provides insights into unique biology of egg-laying monotreme mammals

Genetic blueprint provides insights into unique biology of egg-laying monotreme mammals

Study investigates control mechanism that ensures accurate chromosome inheritance during cell division

Study investigates control mechanism that ensures accurate chromosome inheritance during cell division