FISHing for mechanisms of cytogenetically defined terminal deletions using chromosome-specific subtelomeric probes

Cytogenetically defined terminal deletions are thought to be a major, yet underappreciated, cause of mental retardation and multiple congenital anomalies. The mechanisms by which terminal deletions arise and are stabilized are not completely understood; although all ends of human chromosomes must have a telomeric cap to be stable. At least three mechanisms… CONTINUE READING