The development of radiation hybrid (RH) mapping (Cox et al., 1990) and the availability of large numbers of STS markers, together with extensive bacterial clone resources provided a means to accelerate the process of mapping a human chromosome and preparing bacterial clone contigs ready to sequence. Our aim is to construct physical clone maps covering those regions of chromosome 6 that are not currently extensively mapped, and use these to determine the DNA sequence of the whole chromosome. We report here a strategy which initially involves establishing a high density framework map using RH mapping. The framework markers are then used for the identification of bacterial genomic clones covering the chromosome. The bacterial clones are analysed by restriction enzyme fingerprinting and STS-content analysis to identify sequence-ready contigs. Contig gap closure will also be performed by clone walking.