Light micrograph of a set of male chromosomes

Light micrograph of a set of male chromosomes

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Credit: DEPT. OF CLIN. CYTOGENETICS, ADDENBROOKES HOSPITAL, CAMBRIDGE/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: False colour light micrograph of the full complement of normal male chromosomes, photographed during the metaphase stage of mitosis (cell division) for purposes of compiling a karyotype, a document of all 46 chromosomes arranged in homologous pairs. Here the chromosomes are unpaired; matching might be done by cutting up the image & pairing according to length, shape & banding pattern - banding is due to trypsin/leishman treatment. The 23rd pair contains the sex chromosome & is denoted XY in males, where one member of the pair is much smaller than its partner. Magnification: X1428 at 35mm size. Compare with P656/005, which shows finished karyotype.

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Keywords: anatomy, chromosome, chromosomes, dna, double helix, genetics, human body, male chromosomes, normal

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