regulatory gene

noun

variants or regulator gene
: a gene that regulates the expression of one or more structural genes by controlling the production of a protein (such as a genetic repressor) which regulates their rate of transcription

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web None of this is that surprising, EDAR is a significant regulatory gene which shapes the peripheries and exterior of an organism. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 19 Feb. 2013

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Word History

First Known Use

1960, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of regulatory gene was in 1960

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“Regulatory gene.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/regulatory%20gene. Accessed 1 Feb. 2023.

Medical Definition

regulatory gene

noun
variants or regulator gene
: a gene that regulates the expression of one or more structural genes by controlling the production of a protein (as a genetic repressor) which regulates their rate of transcription
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