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International System for Cytogenetic Nomenclature  (ISCN)

The ISCN recommendations (International System for human Cytogenetic Nomenclature) cover the description of numerical and structural chromosomal changes detected using microscopic and cytogenetic techniques. The recommendations are prepared by the International Standing Committee on Human Cytogenetic Nomenclature and published in collaboration with the journal Cytogenetic and Genome Research (since 1963). The committee includes three members from the Americas, three from Europe, one from Asia, and one from Africa/Australia/Oceania. Members are elected for a 5 year period, unless developments demand earlier changes. The organization of the submission of nominations, ballots for voting and election of members is the responsibility of the existing Editor and Committee chair. 

The latest recommendations, ISCN2013 were finalized by the ISCN 2013 committee and its advisors at a meeting in Seattle (Washington) in April 2012 and are available as book from Karger Publishers (Eds. Lisa G Shaffer, Jean McGowan-Jordan & Michael Schmid).

Questions/suggestions regarding the ISCN recommendations should be addressed to the current chair of the ISCN committee:  Jean McGowan-Jordan (Ottawa, Canada).

ISCN committees

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