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Banding Techniques

  1. Elisabeth Blennow

Published Online: 27 JAN 2006

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0005777



How to Cite

Blennow, E. 2006. Banding Techniques. eLS. .

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  1. Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 27 JAN 2006


A large number of chromosome banding techniques have been developed, giving each chromosome a unique banding pattern which may be used to identify chromosome abnormalities. In addition, other selective staining techniques may be used to study specific chromosome regions.


  • chromosome staining;
  • chromosome banding;
  • fragile site;
  • sister chromatid exchange