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Bioessays. 1997 Jan;19(1):75-84.

FISH technology in chromosome and genome research.

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  • 1Department of Biology, York University, Downsview, Ontario, Canada.


Fluorescent in situ hybridization technology is one of the most exciting and versatile research tools to be developed in recent years. It has enabled research to progress at a phenomenal rate in diverse areas of basic research as well as in clinical medicine. Fluorescent in situ hybridization has applications in physical mapping, the study of nuclear architecture and chromatin packaging, and the investigation of fundamental principles of biology such as DNA replication, RNA processing, gene amplification, gene integration and chromatin elimination. This review highlights some of these areas and provides source material for the reader who seeks more information on a specific field.

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