|Born||8 October 1934|
|Education||University of St Andrews|
|Known for||Klinefelter syndrome|
Patricia Ann Jacobs OBE FRSE FRS FMedSci FRCPath (born 1934) is a Scottish geneticist and is Honorary Professor of Human Genetics, Co-director of Research, Wessex Regional Genetics Laboratory, within the University of Southampton.
Early life and education
Career and research
In 1959, she and John Strong were the first to describe a chromosomal abnormality in humans, the additional X chromosome (the 47,XXY karyotype) also known as Klinefelter syndrome, as Harry Klinefelter had already diagnosed the symptomes in 1942. Despite her work being on XXY syndrome, the XYY syndrome is instead sometimes called Jacobs syndrome: After it had been incidentally discovered by Avery Sandberg in 1961, the syndrome was also found in a chromosome survey of 315 men at a hospital for developmentally disabled, made by Jacobs and hence considered the first little research on it. However, that selection had been too little for a meaningful result, so that individuals of this syndrome were mischaracterised as aggressive and violent criminals, which led the path for many biased studies on height-selected, institutionalised XYY individuals in the following decades.
Awards and honours
Jacobs has received many awards in recognition of her work, including the 1999 Mauro Baschirotto Award of the European Society of Human Genetics and the 2011 March of Dimes Prize in Developmental Biology. Her services to genetics saw her named an OBE in 1999. I Jacobs was elected as a Foreign Associate of the US National Academy of Sciences in 2010.
In 1981, she received the William Allan Memorial Award from the American Society of Human Genetics. In 1993, she was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society. She was the first recipient of the KS&A Patricia Jacobs Lifetime Achievement Award from the US charity Knowledge Support & Action. In February 2010, Jacobs was elected as a member of the United States National Academy of Sciences, the induction ceremony took place in April. In 2011, Jacobs received the March of Dimes Prize in Developmental Biology.
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- Jacobs, Patricia A.; Brunton, Muriel; Melville, Marie M.; Brittain, Robert P.; McClemont, William F. (25 December 1965). "Aggressive behavior, mental sub-normality and the XYY male". Nature. 208 (5017): 1351–2. doi:10.1038/2081351a0. PMID 5870205.
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- Price, William H.; Whatmore, Peter B. (4 March 1967). "Behaviour disorders and pattern of crime among XYY males identified at a maximum security hospital". Br Med J. 1 (5539): 533–6. doi:10.1136/bmj.1.5539.533. PMC 1841401. PMID 6017153.
- Court Brown, W. Michael; Price, William H.; Jacobs, Patricia A. (11 May 1968). "Further information on the identity of 47,XYY males". Br Med J. 2 (5601): 325–8. doi:10.1136/bmj.2.354.325-a. PMC 1985597. PMID 5689727.
- Jacobs, Patricia A.; Price, William H.; Court Brown, W. Michael; Brittain, Robert P.; Whatmore, Peter B. (May 1968). "Chromosome studies on men in a maximum security hospital". Annals of Human Genetics. 31 (4): 339–58. doi:10.1111/j.1469-1809.1968.tb00566.x.
- Court Brown, W. Michael; Price, William H.; Jacobs, Patricia A. (23 November 1968). "The XYY male". Br Med J. 4 (5629): 513. doi:10.1136/bmj.4.5629.513-a.
- Jacobs, Patricia A. (September 1982). "The William Allan Memorial Award address: human population cytogenetics: the first twenty-five years". Am J Hum Genet. 34 (5): 689–98. PMC 1685430. PMID 6751075.
- Harper, Peter S. (2006). "The sex chromosomes". First years of human chromosomes : the beginnings of human cytogenetics. Bloxham: Scion. pp. 77–96. ISBN 1-904842-24-0.
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- Beckwith, Jonathan R. (2002). "The myth of the criminal chromosome". Making genes, making waves: A social activist in science. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press. pp. 116–134. ISBN 0-674-00928-2.
- Milunsky, Jeff M. (2010). "Prenatal diagnosis of sex chromosome abnormalities". In Milunsky, Aubrey; Milunsky, Jeff M. Genetic disorders and the fetus: diagnosis, prevention and treatment (6th ed.). Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell. pp. 273–312. ISBN 1-4051-9087-6.
The addition of a Y chromosome to a normal male chromosome constitution does not produce a discernible phenotype. Males with 47,XYY cannot be characterised by discriminating physical or behavioural features. The first diagnosis of this condition, therefore, was a karyotypic and not a phenotypic discovery.
Pubertal development is normal and these men are usually fertile.
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