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German-Japanese Consortium Deciphers Human Chromosome 21

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May 11, 2000
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Chromosome 21 is one of the smallest among the 23 different human chromosomes. It is associated with Trisomy 21, one of the most common genetic diseases (also known as Down syndrome). An extra copy of chromosome 21 results in severely aberrant physical and mental development in children, leading to mental retardation. The disease affects up to 1 in 700 live births. An international collaborative group led by German and Japanese scientists will publish the sequence of chromosome 21 in the journal Nature.

A basis for comprehensive understanding of trisomy 21 (Down syndrome), one of the most common genetic diseases


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