Abstract Detailed physical maps of the human genome are important resources for the identification and isolation of disease genes and for studying the structure and function of the genome. To improve the definition of the 8p12–p21 chromosomal region, an integrated physical and genetic map was constructed extending from the genes NEFLto FGFR1.The map comprises a series of contigs (the larger of these being around 9 Mb) of yeast artificial chromosomes (YACs) spanning the proximal region of deletion involved in a broad range of human cancers, including breast carcinomas, and in the Werner syndrome. In addition, losses of heterozygosity at 8p markers and linkage analysis of breast cancer families were also detailed. Finally, several genes potentially involved in 8p-associated diseases, namely GTF2E2, PPP2CB,and HGL,were precisely mapped within the YAC contigs. The reported map and contigs of YACs should facilitate the search for putative genes involved in sporadic and familial breast cancer as well as in the Werner syndrome.