Comparative genomic hybridization (CGH) is a widely used technique for studying chromosomal imbalances. The sensitivity of the technique is, however, relatively low. Deletions down to a size of 10-12 Mbp have been detected by the use of fixed diagnostic thresholds. In this study, we applied standard reference intervals as detection criteria on a number of deletions in the range of 3 Mbp to 14-18 Mbp. All deletions were detected. Thus, detection by standard reference intervals confers a considerably higher sensitivity to CGH analysis compared to fixed diagnostic thresholds. Genes Chromosomes Cancer 25:410-413, 1999.
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