The transcription factor c-Myb is an important regulator of hematopoiesis required for proper development of most blood cell lineages in vertebrates. An increasing number of target genes for c-Myb are being published, although with little or no overlap between the lists of genes reported. This raises the question of which criteria a bona fide c-Myb-target gene should satisfy. In the present paper, we have analyzed a set of previously reported target genes using chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP) and siRNA-mediated knockdown. Among the seven well-studied c-Myb target genes that we analyzed by ChIP, only ADA, c-MYC and MAT2A seemed to be occupied by c-Myb under our experimental settings in the Myb-positive cell lines Jurkat and HL60. After siRNA-mediated knockdown of c-Myb expression, the expression levels of two out of three ChIP positive Myb target genes, ADA and c-MYC, were strongly affected. These results clearly demonstrate the importance of combining different methods for target gene validation and suggest that a combination of ChIP and c-Myb knockdown may represent a powerful approach to identify a core collection of c-Myb target genes.