- Errors during anaphase in mitosis or meiosis can lead to trisomy and other forms of aneuploidy.
- Errors during the repair of DNA breaks or during meiotic crossing over can lead to chromosome rearrangements.
- Five common forms of aneuploidy in humans are 47,sex,+21 (Down syndrome), 47,XYY, 47,XXX, 45,X (Turner syndrome) and 47,XXY (Klinefelter syndrome).
- Deletion(5) causes a serious condition (cri-du-chat syndrome) because deletions are unbalanced chromosome rearrangements.
- Inversion(9) causes few health consequences because inversions are balanced chromosome rearrangements.
- Bright field microscopy can be used to detect chromosome number abnormalities and some chromosome rearrangements.
- Fluorescence in situ hybridization can be used to detect all types of chromosome abnormalities.
- PCR and DNA chip based techniques can be used to detect chromosome number abnormalities, deletions, and duplications.
origin of replication
first division nondisjunction
second division nondisjunction
double strand break
nonhomologous end joining
DNA repair system
47,sex,+21 (Down syndrome)
45,X (Turner syndrome)
47,XXY (Klinefelter syndrome)
46,sex,deletion(5) (cri-du-chat syndrome)
bright field microscopy
fluorescence in situ hybridization
Contributors and Attributions
Dr. Todd Nickle and Isabelle Barrette-Ng (Mount Royal University) The content on this page is licensed under CC SA 3.0 licensing guidelines.