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 Wilder Blean plans to combine individuals from herds in different countries to produce a more varied gene pool. Victoria Turk, Wired, 19 July 2022 Coburg is, however, no ordinary town; the Duchy of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha possessed inordinate influence in the nineteenth century, not least as a gene pool for the British Royal Family. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 13 June 2022 The 101 Freeway forms an almost impenetrable barrier between the big cats and a wider gene pool to the north, which has led to inbreeding and genetic abnormalities. Los Angeles Times, 21 Apr. 2022 Since there were only seven founding individuals, the species suffers from a dangerously low gene pool. Lindsey Botts, The Arizona Republic, 4 June 2022 Brady the Lady Lab was the last pick of a litter of 13 pups from a top-notch gene pool. cleveland, 27 May 2022 The nostalgia factor gives the movie an initial jolt, and there are, of course, some dino-sized thrills, but not enough to lift this XL-sized mediocrity out of the gene pool's shallow end. Brian Lowry, CNN, 8 June 2022 Genetic material from museum specimens could be added to a wild gene pool to increase its overall health. Frances Vinall, Washington Post, 26 May 2022 Somewhat surprisingly, despite the relative shallowness of its gene pool, inbreeding isn’t likely to be an issue for the porpoise. Doug Johnson, Ars Technica, 6 May 2022 See More

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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 20 Aug. 2022.

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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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