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1C mean1(pg) 1C mean1(mbp) 1C range1 pg
Number of 5S signals Range of 5S signals Position2 of 5S signals (5S P)
Number of 45S3 signals Range of 45S signals Position2 of 45S signals (45S P) Arrangement
Number of chromosomes with both 5S and 45S in the same arm (SA) Number of chromosomes with both 5S and 45S signals (SC)
Original reference Number of chromosomes with co-localized 5S and 45S signals (Coloc.)

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1 Position refers to that of most chromosomes in the species and can be either interstitial (i), (peri-)centromeric (c) and (sub-)terminal or satellite (t).
2 45S=18S-5.8S-26S rDNA

Welcome to the animal rDNA database (Release 1.0)!

Ribosomal DNA loci encoding ribosomal RNA genes (rDNA) are important components of chromosomes. They vary both in numbers and positions. These can be characteristic of a species or a genus and used for comparative purposes. For example, studies in evolutionary biology, systematics or animal breeding.

To make easily available this information we have constructed the animal rDNA database. The resource includes data for more than 900 animal species from 183 families. It provides information on number, position and structure of rDNA loci. When available, it also offers data on ploidy level, chromosome number or genome size. It is parallel to the plant rDNA database, providing the same information for plants.

The data of this first release comes from 408 papers based on FISH* of 5S and 45S rDNA, published until the end of 2015.

(*) Fluorescent in situ hybridisation

NOTE: The database is not providing any rDNA sequence, only information about rDNA site number and position in chromosomes. If you are interested in sequence data, you can consult other databases listed here.

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Animal rDNA Database