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Genome Size

  1. B Venkatesh

Published Online: 23 SEP 2005

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0005007



How to Cite

Venkatesh, B. 2005. Genome Size. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, Singapore

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 23 SEP 2005


Genome sizes of organisms vary widely between and within different phylogenetic groups. Factors contributing to the genome sizes are duplication of a part or the whole of the genome, insertions, spread of repetitive elements and deletion of part or whole chromosomes.


  • genome size;
  • C-value;
  • chromosome number;
  • minimal genome;
  • synteny