Fragile sites in chromosomes: possible model for the study of spontaneous chromosome breakage

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Science  01 Apr 1983:
Vol. 220, Issue 4592, pp. 69-70
DOI: 10.1126/science.6828880


The tissue culture condition that is required for the type of chromosome breakage seen at most fragile sites, namely, the absence of folic acid and thymidine in the medium, greatly enhanced micronucleus formation in proliferating lymphocyte cultures from normal individuals. This suggests that chromosome breakage at fragile sites and the apparently spontaneous damage that gives rise to micronuclei are controlled by the same mechanism.