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Clin Genet. 1979 May;15(5):377-81.

Variability between and within laboratories in the analysis of structural chromosomal abnormalities.


The frequency of structural chromosomal aberrations in two samples (AM and PM of the same day) from each of nine normal subjects, cultured in two different laboratories, was studied by six observers. The results were analyzed in order to determine the relative importance of inter- and intralaboratory factors in the variability of chromosomal abnormalities. In addition to the difference in the frequency of the abnormalities between the subjects studied, there were differences due to observers from different laboratories (P less than 0.01), as well as between laboratories (P less than 0.01). These results could be explained in part by insufficient agreement between observers from different laboratories and by differences in the quality of the method used.

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