base-pair

verb
\ ˈbās-ˌper How to pronounce base-pair (audio) \
base-paired; base-pairing; base-pairs

Definition of base-pair

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to participate in formation of a base pair adenine base-pairs with thymine

base pair

noun

Definition of base pair (Entry 2 of 2)

: one of the pairs of nucleotide bases on complementary strands of nucleic acid that consist of a purine on one strand joined to a pyrimidine on the other strand by hydrogen bonds holding together the two strands much like the rungs of a ladder and that include adenine linked to thymine in DNA or to uracil in RNA and guanine linked to cytosine in both DNA and RNA

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Indeed, all the beautiful permutations of the human form — the differences between the tallest and shortest, the brown-eyed and the green-eyed — are explained by just a tiny fraction of those base pairs. Brian Resnick, Vox, "How scientists are trying to predict your future with your genes," 23 Aug. 2018 The basic unit of DNA is the base pair, one of the rungs on the twisted ladder that makes up the double helix. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "DNA data from Africans reveals sequences that we’d missed," 24 Nov. 2018 In the second twin, some of her cells will have a four base pair deletion, which will cause a short tail of 10 random amino acids. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Scientists, ethicists slam decisions behind gene-edited twins," 30 Nov. 2018 The idea of a sequel to this piece has come up a few times, but Google's Android strategy of an open source base paired with key proprietary apps and services hasn't really changed in the last five or so years. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Google’s iron grip on Android: Controlling open source by any means necessary," 21 July 2018 There are about 3 billion base pairs in the human genome. Brian Resnick, Vox, "How scientists are trying to predict your future with your genes," 23 Aug. 2018 What Catalog does, instead, is cheaply generate large quantities of a just a few different DNA molecules, each one not more than 30 base pairs long. Megan Molteni, WIRED, "The Rise of DNA Data Storage," 26 June 2018 Conveniently, just one DNA base pair differs between the Neanderthal gene and the modern human one. Jon Cohen, Science | AAAS, "Exclusive: Neanderthal “minibrains” grown in dish.," 20 June 2018 Biohackers will soon be able to forgo these companies altogether with an all-in-one desktop genome printer: a device much like an inkjet printer that employs the letters AGTC — genetic base pairs — instead of the color model CMYK. Emily Baumgaertner, New York Times, "As D.I.Y. Gene Editing Gains Popularity, ‘Someone Is Going to Get Hurt’," 14 May 2018

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1973, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1955, in the meaning defined above

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base pair

noun
\ -ˈpa(ə)r, -ˈpe(ə)r How to pronounce base pair (audio) \

Medical Definition of base pair

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: one of the pairs of nucleotide bases on complementary strands of nucleic acid that consist of a purine on one strand joined to a pyrimidine on the other strand by hydrogen bonds holding together the two strands much like the rungs of a ladder and that include adenine linked to thymine in DNA or to uracil in RNA and guanine linked to cytosine in both DNA and RNA

base pair

intransitive verb

Medical Definition of base pair (Entry 2 of 2)

: to participate in formation of a base pair adenine base pairs with thymine

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