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Published December 2, 1999 | Supplemental Material
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The DNA sequence of human chromosome 22


Knowledge of the complete genomic DNA sequence of an organism allows a systematic approach to defining its genetic components. The genomic sequence provides access to the complete structures of all genes, including those without known function, their control elements, and, by inference, the proteins they encode, as well as all other biologically important sequences. Furthermore, the sequence is a rich and permanent source of information for the design of further biological studies of the organism and for the study of evolution through cross-species sequence comparison. The power of this approach has been amply demonstrated by the determination of the sequences of a number of microbial and model organisms. The next step is to obtain the complete sequence of the entire human genome. Here we report the sequence of the euchromatic part of human chromosome 22. The sequence obtained consists of 12 contiguous segments spanning 33.4 megabases, contains at least 545 genes and 134 pseudogenes, and provides the first view of the complex chromosomal landscapes that will be found in the rest of the genome.

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© 1999 Nature Publishing Group. We thank S. Povey, J. White and H. Wain for the help with gene nomenclature, and M. Adams for making available the sequence trace files of U62317. We thank M. Elharam, H. Jia, L. Lane, R.Morales-Diaz, F. Najar, P. Pham, R. Rahhal, M. Rao, Y. Tilahun, R. Wayt, H. Wright, E. Nakato, J. L. Schmeits, K. Schooler, J. Wang, M. Asahina, M. Takahashi, H. Harigai, Y. G. Xie, F. Y. Han, S. Swahn, B. Funke, R. K. Pandita, C. Chieffo, D. Michaud and all members of the Sanger Centre past and present for their assistance. This work was supported by grants from the Wellcome Trust, the NIH National Human Genome Research Institute to B.A.R. and to B.S.E., the NSF to B.A.R., the University of Oklahoma, the Fund for the Human Genome Sequencing Project of Japan Science and Technology Corporation, the Fund for the 'Research for the Future' Program from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, the UK Medical Research Council, the Medical Research Council of Canada to H.E.M., the Swedish Cancer Foundation, the Swedish Medical Research Council, and a Senior/Established Investigator Award from the Swedish Cancer Foundation to J.P.D.

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