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Translocation

 

Translocation means a change in location. It usually refers to genetics, when part of a chromosome is transferred to another chromosome. Chromosomes are structures that carry genes, our units of heredity. When this type of translocation occurs, it can cause flaws in chromosomes.

In another type of translocation, 2 chromosomes trade pieces with each other.

Genetic translocations can cause serious disorders, including a type of leukemia.

 

References

Perkins JA. Diseases of white blood cells, lymph nodes, spleen, and thymus. In: Kumar V, Abbas AK, Aster JC, eds. Robbins and Cotran Pathologic Basis of Disease. 9th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2015:chap 13.

 
  • Chromosomes and DNA

    Chromosomes and DNA - illustration

    Humans typically have 23 pairs chromosomes, or 46 chromosomes in total. Chromosomes are made up of long strands of DNA, which contain all the body's genes.

    Chromosomes and DNA

    illustration

    • Chromosomes and DNA

      Chromosomes and DNA - illustration

      Humans typically have 23 pairs chromosomes, or 46 chromosomes in total. Chromosomes are made up of long strands of DNA, which contain all the body's genes.

      Chromosomes and DNA

      illustration


     

    Review Date: 8/14/2015

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