List of chromosomes

Chromosome 6

Chromosome 6 Chromosome 6

motions of the invisible

Life is in perpetual movement. The infinitesimal too. Cells move and change. DNA winds and unwinds. Proteins come and go, bind to one another and let go of each other. Without movement, cells would not be able to carry oxygen, produce energy or deal with a virus or a sick cell.

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Genetic portrait

IRF4 : variations in this gene influence skin, hair, and eye pigmentation. They are used by forensic scientists and archaeologists to create genetic portraits.

cut grass

OR2J3 : This gene is involved in the perception of the smell of freshly cut grass.

long life

FOXO3: Some variations of this gene are thought to be found more frequently in centenarians…


TBX18: This gene is involved in developmental processes of a variety of tissues and organs, including the heart.

one too many…

OPRM1: This gene codes for an opioid receptor (e.g. morphine, heroin and methadone). It also influences alcohol tolerance.

size matters

T: This gene codes for the ‘Brachyury’ protein, meaning ‘short tail’. In dogs, this protein is active in the development – i.e. the length – of its tail.

Parkinsons disease in young adults

PARK2: This gene is involved in the form of Parkinsons disease which appears in young adults.

a tolerant gene

CGA: This gene codes for a variety of hormones that play a key role in immune tolerance and the development of blood vessels at the mother-foetus interface.

cancer’s ally

ABCC10: This gene is involved in the resistance of certain cancers to chemotherapy.

mister muscle

PPARD: This gene is involved in muscle development, and has become a target to improve athletic performance.

iron measure

HFE: This gene is involved in iron metabolism.

chromosome scaffolding

HIST1H4: This is one of the numerous genes that code for histone proteins. The characteristic architecture of a chromosome is due to the way DNA is wound around histones.

untidy words

KIAA0319: This gene could be involved in dyslexia.