Studying Chromosomes In 2017

Prof Graeme Suthers

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Prof Graeme Suthers

Geneticist and Genetic Pathologist, Director of Genetics, Sonic Healthcare; Department of Paediatrics, University of Adelaide

Examining the structure of chromosomes

The first studies in human genetics were done in the early 1900s, well before we had any idea of the structure of DNA or chromosomes. It was not until the late 1950s that the double helix was deciphered, that we realised that chromosomes were large bundles of DNA, and that we were able to visualise the number and shape of chromosomes under the microscope.

In just a few years, numerous clinical disorders were identified as being due to abnormalities in the number or shape of chromosomes, and the field of “cytogenetics” was born.

Over the next five decades, techniques improved.

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