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Human Genome News, March 1993; 4(6)


Washington University School of Medicine

(NIH; established 1990)

David Schlessinger

David Schlessinger (314/362-1188, Fax: -3208)
Washington University School of Medicine
Center for Genetics in Medicine
4566 Scott Avenue, Box 8232
St. Louis, MO 63110

Buddy Brownstein, David Chaplin, Eric Green, Phil Green, Volker Nowotny


  • Construction of integrated physical and genetic maps of the X chromosome and chromosome 7 and targeted mapping of several megabase regions elsewhere in the human genome.


  • Completion (with collaborators) of the YAC coverage of a number of loci, including 2 Mb in the Huntington's region and 4 Mb in the major histocompatibility complex.
  • Assembly of chromosome 7 materials that include > 700 STSs [of which 100 are highly polymorphic linkage probes obtained originally from Jean Weissenbach (Institut Pasteur) and Ray White (University of Utah)] and a set of over 2500 chromosome 7þspecific YACs that are low in cocloning.
  • Assembly of over 40% of the X chromosome in contigs ranging up to 9 Mb in length, with rationalized maps available for Xq26-qter. Large contigs are now being aligned in Xp, Xq13, and Xq24-q26, and 60 highly polymorphic or gene-specific markers placed along the chromosome with cognate YACs.
  • Wide distribution of Washington Univ. human YAC library.
  • Assembly of robot-assisted workstation to screen YAC libraries, including the capacity for up to 1800 PCR reactions per day.
  • Formulation and initial testing of STS-content mapping.
  • Development of algorithms and software for analysis of STS-content and radiation hybrid mapping data, and for choosing PCR primers.
  • Design and construction of a database for STS-content mapping data.


  • High-throughput PCR machine.
  • Information on PCR conditions and end-cloning protocols.
  • Software to run a Zymark side-loader arm in conjunction with a Biomek robot for robot-assisted screening.
  • SEGMAP (YAC contig assembly software).
  • Reliable procedures to recover YAC insert ends and sequence them automatically.
  • Software for STS development and data storage.

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