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JGI Completes Sequence Analysis of Human Chromosome 5

NEW YORK, Sept. 17 (GenomeWeb News) - The US Department of Energy's Joint Genome Institute has finished analyzing the sequence of human chromosome 5. It is the 12th fully analyzed chromosome and the second chromosome completed by the Institute and the StanfordHumanGenomeCenter, said JGI.


The final analysis was published in the Sept. 16 issue of Nature.


Chromosome 5 is the largest yet completed, with 180.9 million bases and 923 genes, including 66 known disease genes. Another 14 diseases are linked to chromosome 5.


One duplicated region on chromosome 5 could eventually help explain how spinal muscular dystrophy is inherited. The region contains many duplications and other rearrangements that vary between individuals, leading to a possible explanation of differences in the disease's severity.

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