protogene

noun pro·to·gene \ ˈprōtə+ˌ- \

Definition of protogene

1 :a dominant gene or factor
2
[International Scientific Vocabulary, from New Latin protogenes primeval, firstborn, from Greek prōtogenēs, from prōt- prot- + -genēs born]
:a hypothetical mutable primary unit that is capable of reduplication, is held to have differentiated from nonliving matter, and is regarded as a precursor of living beings

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Origin and Etymology of protogene

prot- + gene


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