gene pool

noun

Definition of gene pool

: the collection of genes in an interbreeding population that includes each gene at a certain frequency in relation to its alleles : the genetic information of a population of interbreeding organisms the human gene pool

Examples of gene pool in a Sentence

the gene pool of a species
Recent Examples on the Web Knowing the right people will help you in any industry, but showbiz takes it one step further and regularly keeps it in the gene pool. Zach Schonfeld, Vulture, 23 Apr. 2021 At the University of Queensland, the research team has been treating diseased wild koalas and crossbreeding them with individuals from other populations to diversify the gene pool. Gloria Dickie, Scientific American, 2 Mar. 2021 This might be a deer whose antlers are too small or too funky to keep in the gene pool. Natalie Krebs, Outdoor Life, 22 Feb. 2021 Lately part of the fun is to find offbeat characters to write about, including those making the list of the Darwin Awards — people who found some spectacularly stupid route toward meeting their Maker, thus further sparing the gene pool. Washington Post, 30 Dec. 2020 Eugenics is the belief that human reproduction should be controlled to improve the gene pool and was used to justify such practices as institutionalization and sterilization of disabled people and anyone a government deemed undesirable. Dani Mcclain, Harper's BAZAAR, 23 Nov. 2020 The logical explanation is that wolves didn’t contribute substantially to the dog gene pool after domestication. Grace Huckins, Wired, 16 Nov. 2020 As easily caught bass get removed from the gene pool, those hard-to-catch bass continue to reproduce elusive offspring. Hal Schramm, Outdoor Life, 12 Sep. 2020 Their limited gene pool puts them at a reproductive disadvantage. NBC News, 15 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of gene pool

1941, in the meaning defined above

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“Gene pool.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gene%20pool. Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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gene pool

noun

English Language Learners Definition of gene pool

biology : all of the genes in a particular group of people or animals

gene pool

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Medical Definition of gene pool

: the collection of genes in an interbreeding population that includes each gene at a certain frequency in relation to its alleles : the genetic information of a population of interbreeding organisms the human gene pool

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