DNA Content and DNA-Based Centromeric Index of the 24 Human Chromosomes

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Science  16 Mar 1973:
Vol. 179, Issue 4078, pp. 1126-1129
DOI: 10.1126/science.179.4078.1126


The chromosomes of two human males were identified by fluorescent banding, restained, and measured by scanning microscopy and computer analysis. The two variables, DNA content and DNA-based centromeric index, provided almost complete discrimination of chromosome types. Some chromosomes showed significant differences in DNA content between the men, and for one man two pairs of chromosomes showed significant differences between homologs.