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 The advent of the bicycle touched virtually every aspect of life—art, music, literature, fashion, even the human gene pool. National Geographic, "How bicycles transformed our world," 17 June 2020 Last month, when Will and Kate's youngest child, Prince Louis, celebrated his second birthday, a source close to Kate revealed that Louis is the only Cambridge kid who Kate thinks takes after the Middleton side of the gene pool. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Princess Charlotte Looks Like Both the Queen and Prince William in Her New Birthday Portraits," 2 May 2020 McLaren is a small enterprise, so its roadgoing gene pool is shallow. John Pearley Huffman, Car and Driver, "The Great Compromise: McLaren 600LT vs. GT," 29 Apr. 2020 The zoo, with partners, decided to use the technique to expand the gene pool of cheetahs in human care. Alissa Widman Neese, USA TODAY, "They're a 'scientific marvel': World's first in vitro cheetah cubs born at Ohio zoo," 24 Feb. 2020 That’s because koala matchmakers with the Species Survival Plan of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums said the two animals’ genes were already sufficiently represented in the koala gene pool. Steve Rubenstein, SFChronicle.com, "SF Zoo’s new koala needs a name. Contest will raise money for his relatives Down Under," 17 Jan. 2020 Over the years, a consortium of wolf conservation centers, zoos and the Fish and Wildlife Service have worked to expand the gene pool, using a tool called the studbook. Debra Utacia Krol, azcentral, "Competing interests leave Mexican gray wolf recovery efforts at a crossroads," 30 Dec. 2019 If so, their gene pool might just be a national treasure. Maria Yagoda, PEOPLE.com, "From Ryan and Kate to Courteney and Demi, You Won't Believe These Celebrity Look-alikes!," 12 Dec. 2019 As Nature’s Gayathri Vaidyanathan reports, roaming tigers can refresh the gene pool by spreading their unique genetic material to populations in far-off locations. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Tiger Takes Record-Breaking 800-Mile Trek Across India," 3 Dec. 2019

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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 3 Aug. 2020.

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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

noun

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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