recombination

noun
re·​com·​bi·​na·​tion | \ ˌrē-ˌkäm-bə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce recombination (audio) \

Definition of recombination

: the formation by the processes of crossing-over and independent assortment of new combinations of genes in progeny that did not occur in the parents

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Other Words from recombination

recombinational \ ˌrē-​ˌkäm-​bə-​ˈnā-​shnəl How to pronounce recombinational (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

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After subjecting a stretch of DNA as long as the human genome to mutation and recombination for 100 million generations, some random stretches of DNA evolved into active genes. Quanta Magazine, "A Surprise Source of Life’s Code," 18 Aug. 2015 Kern argues that the differences in the rates of recombination across the genome reveal a phenomenon called genetic hitchhiking. Quanta Magazine, "Theorists Debate How ‘Neutral’ Evolution Really Is," 8 Nov. 2018 Pieces of the chromosome flipped around, which eventually blocked the Y from pairing with its mate, the X. That in turn prevented a form of genetic housecleaning known as recombination, which helps rid chromosomes of mistakes. Quanta Magazine, "The Incredible Shrinking Sex Chromosome," 1 Dec. 2015 Expect a CBS-Viacom recombination in the near term. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "CBS and the Function of Severance," 11 Sep. 2018 Those 16 are recombinations of four key dimensions: E/I (extravert/introvert), S/N (sensing/intuition), T/F (thinking/feeling) and J/P (judging/perceiving). Carol Tavris, WSJ, "‘The Personality Brokers’ Review: A Blurred View of Who You Are," 6 Sep. 2018 And according to a phylogenetic tree mapping the evolutionary relationship between the genomes, one of the nine major genotypes circulating today was the product of an ancient recombination between two strains of the hepatitis B virus. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Genghis Khan’s Mongol horde probably had rampant Hepatitis B," 11 May 2018 While he didn't get asked about or address his take on a possible recombination with CBS, M&A was a topic of debate during Bakish's appearance. Georg Szalai, The Hollywood Reporter, "Viacom CEO Says Stock Price Is His Biggest Frustration, Paramount Network Needs More Time," 15 May 2018 Heard on the Street Over the weekend, the CBS special committee, tasked with evaluating the possible recombination with Viacom, decided the merger wouldn’t be in the best interests of all CBS investors, according to the suit. Keach Hagey, WSJ, "CBS Ups Stakes in Feud With Redstones," 14 May 2018

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First Known Use of recombination

1903, in the meaning defined above

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recombination

noun
re·​com·​bi·​na·​tion | \ ˌrē-ˌkäm-bə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce recombination (audio) \

Medical Definition of recombination

: the formation by the processes of crossing-over and independent assortment of new combinations of genes in progeny that did not occur in the parents

Other Words from recombination

recombinational \ -​shnəl, -​shən-​ᵊl How to pronounce recombinational (audio) \ adjective

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