Definition of gene
: a specific sequence of nucleotides in DNA or RNA that is located usually on a chromosome and that is the functional unit of inheritance controlling the transmission and expression of one or more traits by specifying the structure of a particular polypeptide and especially a protein or controlling the function of other genetic material
Examples of gene in a Sentence
She inherited a good set of genes from her parents.
Recent Examples of gene from the Web
But that was sidetracked when the Bachelor alum tested positive for a gene that links her to a high risk of cancer.
The study of genes, called genetics, has been around for decades.
Perhaps the superior genes contained within these species have already found their way off Borneo and into modern mangos.
Researchers now have a more complete picture of how fused, garbled, or incomplete genes can cause malignant cells to grow at multiple sites in the body.
But this nonsensical spectacle — which features what look like dancing sperm cells — is also a funny and audacious metaphor: In the gene pool of ideas, some may well prove fertile.
Led by Annika Axelsson, of Lund University Diabetes Centre in Sweden, the scientists created a genetic profile for Type 2 diabetes based on 50 key genes, alterations of which are associated with the disease.
The selective activation or repression of genes allows an individual cell to acquire its identity and to perform its function.
Today, there are promising gene and protein therapies on the horizon, but these are still in clinical trials.
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Origin and Etymology of gene
German Gen, short for Pangen, from pan- + -gen
First Known Use: 1909See Words from the same year
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Definition of gene for English Language Learners
biology : a part of a cell that controls or influences the appearance, growth, etc., of a living thing
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Definition of gene for Students
: a unit of DNA that is usually located on a chromosome and that controls the development of one or more traits and is the basic unit by which genetic information is passed from parent to offspring
Medical Definition of gene
: a specific sequence of nucleotides in DNA or RNA that is located usually on a chromosome and that is the functional unit of inheritance controlling the transmission and expression of one or more traits by specifying the structure of a particular polypeptide and especially a protein or controlling the function of other genetic material—called also determinant, determiner, factor
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