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Y-Fluorescence of Interphase Nuclei, Especially Circulating Lymphocytes

Br Med J 1971; 1 doi: (Published 16 January 1971) Cite this as: Br Med J 1971;1:138
  1. P. E. Polani,
  2. D. E. Mutton


    Application of a fluorescence technique for the detection of the human Y chromosome in interphase nuclei indicates that the best results may be obtained from the study of lymphocytes in blood smears. The most satisfactory Y-fluorescence is obtained with the use of buffered quinacrine mustard dihydrochloride. The method can be complemented by other standard techniques to obtain a clear idea of the sex-chromosome complement of the individual. The application of this technique to clinical and chromosomal diagnosis and to the prenatal detection of the Y chromosome in amniotic cells seems at least as promising as has proved the earlier identification of the Barr body.