haplotype

noun
hap·​lo·​type | \ˈha-plō-ˌtīp \

Definition of haplotype 

: a group of alleles of different genes (as of the major histocompatibility complex) on a single chromosome that are closely enough linked to be inherited usually as a unit

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GBIRd member David Threadgill, a geneticist at Texas A&M University in College Station, and his team are working with a gene drive that occurs naturally in mice, called the t-haplotype. Ewen Callaway, Scientific American, "Controversial CRISPR “Gene Drives” Tested in Mammals for the First Time," 10 July 2018 These haplotypes became important for diagnosing sickle cell anemia, because some appeared to cause more severe disease than others. Carl Zimmer, New York Times, "How One Child’s Sickle Cell Mutation Helped Protect the World From Malaria," 8 Mar. 2018 Early genetic studies suggested that five different kinds of DNA, known as haplotypes, surround the mutation. Carl Zimmer, New York Times, "How One Child’s Sickle Cell Mutation Helped Protect the World From Malaria," 8 Mar. 2018

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haplotype

noun
hap·​lo·​type | \-ˌtīp \

Medical Definition of haplotype 

: a group of alleles of different genes (as of the major histocompatibility complex) on a single chromosome that are closely enough linked to be inherited usually as a unit

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