molecular genetics

noun, plural in form but singular in construction

Definition of molecular genetics

: a branch of genetics dealing with the structure and activity of genetic material at the molecular level

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Recent Examples on the Web More recently the world of molecular genetics and mutagen chemistry, along with some good old traditional plant breeding has turned out many a unique and completely wonderful garden gem. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "Thanks to horticultural hanky panky, coral bells aren't your grandma’s garden plant anymore," 24 Apr. 2020 Haitao Guo and Shou-Jiang Gao are professors of microbiology and molecular genetics at the University of Pittsburgh. Haitao Guo,, "Snakes could be the original source of the new coronavirus outbreak in China," 24 Jan. 2020 For years, researchers had wondered how beta-amyloid and tau were connected, says Rudolph Tanzi, an expert on the molecular genetics of Alzheimer’s disease at Massachusetts General Hospital, who was not involved in the new research. Karen Weintraub, Scientific American, "Possible Missing Link in Alzheimer’s Pathology Identified," 16 Jan. 2020 Since returning home, Lioy finished her bachelor’s degree in molecular genetics and is working as a pharmacy technician. Kaiser Health News, oregonlive, "New York has some of strictest gun laws in the nation, and the lowest suicide rate," 15 Dec. 2019 Since then, the field has found wide application, and few researchers have done more in that regard than Adami, who is a professor of physics and astronomy and also microbiology and molecular genetics at Michigan State University. Quanta Magazine, "The Information Theory of Life," 19 Nov. 2015 In the last few years, however, advances in molecular genetics have afforded scientists insights into the rhinovirus, the most common cause of the common cold. Richard Klasco, M.d., New York Times, "Can You Get Two Colds at Once?," 30 Mar. 2018

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1963, in the meaning defined above

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“Molecular genetics.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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molecular genetics

noun plural but singular in construction

Medical Definition of molecular genetics

: a branch of genetics dealing with the structure and activity of genetic material at the molecular level

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