CpG Island length variation - How variable? (May/25/2004 )
CpG islands can be variable in length. Anyone know by what percentage range they can typically vary? I can't find much of any herlp on Google.
Based on Gardiner-Garden's criteria, CpG islands are generally 500 bp in length . Later, Jones et al  modified the criteria and suggested that regions of DNA of greater than 500 bp with a G+C equal to or greater than 55% and observed CpG/expected CpG of 0.65 were more likely to be associated with the 5' regions of genes and this definition excluded most Alu-repetitive elements.
If Gardiner-Garden's criteria is used, some CpG island can be as big as 1 kb, but there is a biphasic distribution with respect to CpG island length, with a significant proportion of CpG islands being in the small region of 200-400 bp 
 M. Gardiner-Garden, and M. Frommer, CpG islands in vertebrate genomes, J Mol Biol 196 (1987) 261-282.
 D. Takai, and P. A. Jones, Comprehensive analysis of CpG islands in human chromosomes 21 and 22, Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 99 (2002) 3740-3745.
Hope thtat helps.
I now realise my question was poorly phrased. What I meant was: is there evidence to suggest that the CpG island for a particular gene can vary in length between individuals/breeds/species?
As stated in Gardiner-Garden and Frommer's original paper, CpG islands are not always conserved between species and vary in the position, length or stength a CpG island.
But, I don't think there are much variations among individuals unless there are genetic changes such as repeat sequences.