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Base Composition: The relative amounts of the Purines and Pyrimidines in a nucleic acid.


JoVE 10787

Describing the number and physical features of chromosomes can reveal abnormalities that underlie genetic diseases. This description is facilitated by special staining techniques that produce a particular banding pattern on each chromosome. State-of-the-art techniques make this approach even more powerful, enabling the detection of individual genes that cause disease.

Some genetic diseases can be detected by looking at the structure and number of chromosomes that form when DNA is compacted during mitosis. Once chromosomes are formed, cytogeneticists halt mitosis and perform the staining. The staining produces a distinct banding pattern that reveals different characteristics such as number, shape, and type of chromosomes. Such a description of an individual’s chromosomes is called a karyotype. To facilitate karyotyping, an image is taken of the stained chromosomes, and individual chromosomes are identified and cut out from the image. The chromosomes are then arranged in pairs and ordered by size. This layout is called a karyogram. In a human karyogram, the 22 autosomes are labeled 1 through 22, from the largest to the smallest pair. The two sex chromosomes are labeled X or Y. A karyogram makes it easy to spot missing or additional pieces of a chromosome, or a whole extra copy, all of which can underlie genetic diseases. Marthe Gautier, J&

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Working with Human Tissues for Translational Cancer Research

1Department of Surgical Oncology, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, 2Department of Genomic Medicine, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, 3Department of Pathology and Institutional Tissue Bank, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

JoVE 53189


PAR-CliP - A Method to Identify Transcriptome-wide the Binding Sites of RNA Binding Proteins

1Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Laboratory of RNA Molecular Biology, Rockefeller University, 2Berlin Institute for Medical Systems Biology, Max-Delbrück-Center for Molecular Medicine, 3Biozentrum der Universität Basel and Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics (SIB), 4Biozentrum der Universität Basel and Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics (SIB), 5Genomics Resource Center, Rockefeller University

JoVE 2034


Inducible, Cell Type-Specific Expression in Arabidopsis thaliana Through LhGR-Mediated Trans-Activation

1Department of Developmental Physiology, Centre for Organismal Studies (COS) Heidelberg, 2Department of Cell Biology, Centre for Organismal Studies (COS) Heidelberg, 3Department of Stem Cell Biology, Centre for Organismal Studies (COS) Heidelberg

JoVE 59394

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