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Progress in Nomenclature and Symbols for Cytogenetics and Somatic-Cell Genetics

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Department of Genetics, Albert Einstein College of Medicine; Bronx, New York

Ann Intern Med. 1979;91(3):487-488. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-91-3-487
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In the last two decades the rapid growth of human genetics has put a burden on its nomenclature. The burden has been particularly heavy in cytogenetics because the field is a hybrid of classic genetics, cytology, general biology, pathology, taxonomy, medicine, and other disciplines. In 1960, while human cytogenetics was developing rapidly, workers in this field showed commendable foresight in quickly establishing common terminology. Their meeting that year in Denver, Colorado, set up a system (1) with a framework still in use. Realizing that any good system must keep up with developments, they continued to update it every few years


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