Multicolor Spectral Karyotyping of Human Chromosomes

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Science  26 Jul 1996:
Vol. 273, Issue 5274, pp. 494-497
DOI: 10.1126/science.273.5274.494


The simultaneous and unequivocal discernment of all human chromosomes in different colors would be of significant clinical and biologic importance. Whole-genome scanning by spectral karyotyping allowed instantaneous visualization of defined emission spectra for each human chromosome after fluorescence in situ hybridization. By means of computer separation (classification) of spectra, spectrally overlapping chromosome-specific DNA probes could be resolved, and all human chromosomes were simultaneously identified.

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