Chromosome 17 (human)

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Chromosome 17 (human)
Human male karyotpe high resolution - Chromosome 17 cropped.png
Pair of human chromosome 17 (after G-banding).
One is from mother, one is from father.
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Chromosome 17 pair in human male karyogram.
Length (bp) 83,257,441
Number of genes 2,010
Type Autosome
Centromere position Submetacentric [1]
RefSeq NC_000017
GenBank CM000679
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Chromosome 17 is one of the 23 pairs of chromosomes in humans. People normally have two copies of this chromosome. Chromosome 17 spans more than 81 million base pairs (the building material of DNA) and represents between 2.5 and 3% of the total DNA in cells.

Identifying genes on each chromosome is an active area of genetic research. Because researchers use different approaches to predict the number of genes on each chromosome, the estimated number of genes varies. Chromosome 17 likely contains between 1,200 and 1,500 genes. It also contains the Homeobox B gene cluster.


The following are some of the genes located on chromosome 17:

Diseases & disorders[edit]

The following diseases are related to genes on chromosome 17:


  1. ^ "Table 2.3: Human chromosome groups". Human Molecular Genetics (2nd ed.). Garland Science. 1999.