molecular genetics


plural in form but singular in construction
: a branch of genetics dealing with the structure and activity of genetic material at the molecular level

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In particular looking at molecular genetics and evolution can be illustrative of the grounding of broader process. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 18 Apr. 2011 Today students spend less time in the anatomy lab because so much new science—the field of molecular genetics, for example—clamors for their attention. National Geographic, 13 Jan. 2023 The thought of going back to school for a degree in molecular genetics was tempting but daunting. Guest, Discover Magazine, 10 June 2015 And the two individuals most famous for the emergence of molecular genetics, James Watson and Francis Crick, both exhibited attitudes which Scroggins would define as genetic determinist. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 6 Mar. 2013 The Buffalo terrorist also cited cutting-edge research in molecular genetics that is not explicitly racist. Emily Klancher Merchant, STAT, 23 June 2022 Victor DiRita is professor and chair of microbiology and molecular genetics at Michigan State University and past president of the American Society for Microbiology. Victor Dirita, STAT, 25 Dec. 2021 For Paul Duprex, a professor of microbiology and molecular genetics at the University of Pittsburgh and one of the senior authors on that study, expanding the menu of nanobodies that could treat Covid represents an important advance. Grace Huckins, Wired, 29 Sep. 2021 Carolyn Coyne, a professor of molecular genetics and biology at Duke University, previously told USA TODAY that spike proteins do stay in the body for some time. Daniel Funke, USA TODAY, 9 June 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1963, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of molecular genetics was in 1963

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“Molecular genetics.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Feb. 2023.

Medical Definition

molecular genetics

noun, plural in form but singular in construction
: a branch of genetics dealing with the structure and activity of genetic material at the molecular level

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