The karyotype of the chicken Gallus gallus domesticus was studied by means of pulsed-field electrophoresis. An electrokaryogram was obtained for the microchromosomal (MI) portion of the chicken genome. Chicken MIs were separated into two fractions. A fraction with a higher mobility included MIs sized 3.4-4.8 Mb; the lower size limit of a less mobile fraction corresponded to MIs of approximately 5 Mb. The smallest MI in the chicken karyotype was estimated at 3.4±0.25 Mb.
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