Histone mRNA isolated from 5-day-old chick embryos has been used as a template for complementary DNA (cDNA) synthesis. The resultant cDNA, after removal of sequences complementary to rRNA, was used to detect histone genes in adult chicken genomal DNA. Hybridisation data indicate that the histone genes are repeated about 10-Fold in the chicken genome. Restriction endonuclease analysis reveals some sequence heterogeneity in these genes. However, the results show that chicken histone genes are clustered with a basic repeat unit of 15 kilobases.
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