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Chromosome 17

  1. Claes Wadelius

Published Online: 27 JAN 2006

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0005826



How to Cite

Wadelius, C. 2006. Chromosome 17. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. Rudbeck Laboratory, Uppsala, Sweden

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 27 JAN 2006


Human chromosome 17 is a submetacentric chromosome containing 2.6% of the genetic material in the genome. It has a greater number of genes than expected for its size, a G+C content above average and a large number of CpG islands. It is characterized by several gene clusters including those encoding homeobox B, olfactory receptors, type I keratins and SnRNAs.


  • p53;
  • retinoic acid receptor alpha;
  • CpG islands;
  • duplication;
  • deletion