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Washington University Finishes Human Chromosome 7 Sequencing

NEW YORK, July 9 – The Genome Sequencing Center of the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has completed its sequencing of human chromosome 7, and the findings will be published in tomorrow's issue of the journal Nature .

The chromosome, the largest of some five sequenced so far, has 1,150 gene and 940 “pseudogenes” and a relatively centrally located centromere, which divides the chromosome into a short arm and a long arm, according to a statement issued by the university. Sequencing was done from each end in the direction of the centromere, which contains many short repetitive DNA sequences and few, if any, genes.  
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