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  • n. Plural form of chromosome.


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  • Biological information in chromosomes changes by various means, usually sexual mixing, occasionally by mutation.

    David Anderson on Creation and Evolution

  • To begin with, researchers were shocked to discover how much DNA on our chromosomes is unspoken for -- that is, not arranged into specific gene sites associated with identifiable traits.

    Stanton Peele: Human Genome Project: We Discover Much that Genetics Can't Tell Us

  • Or it could be that the author has taken the human genome as a model: Most of the material in our chromosomes is “junk DNA”, serving no purpose but padding.


  • Obviously, the vole with 64 chromosomes is not appreciably more "complex" than a vole with 17 chromosomes, if the only way you can tell them apart is by counting chromosomes.

    A Dubious "Opportunity" for IDers

  • Our DNA is packaged in chromosomes, which occur in pairs – one inherited from the father and one from the mother.

    The 2007 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine - Press Release

  • Each of our chromosomes is capped at both ends with protective telomeres which get smaller as we age, which means that clones may begin life with older, shorter telomeres.

    Balloon Juice » 2006 » December

  • Although the DNA of our chromosomes is famously double-stranded, only one strand of the DNA is typically copied into RNA, so the resulting RNA is normally

    Exploring the New RNA World

  • In other words, the so-called "heterochromatin" with which the cytologist deals in studying mitotic chromosomes is a quite different thing from, although in the neighborhood of, the heterochromatin proper having the above described complex of properties.

    Hermann J. Muller - Nobel Lecture

  • But also on this point later researches have acknowledged him to be in the right, and nowadays also other genetic scientists admit that the theory of the localization of the hereditary factors within the chromosomes is not an abstract way of thinking but corresponds to a stereometric reality.

    Physiology or Medicine 1933 - Presentation Speech

  • Among the first steps, genes began to be linked together in packages known as chromosomes, which are essentially communities of interdependent genes.



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