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recombinant DNA technology

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noun Genetics.
  1. any of various techniques for separating and recombining segments of DNA or genes, often employing a restriction enzyme to cut a gene from a donor organism and inserting it into a plasmid or viral DNA for transplantation into a host organism, where the gene causes the production of a desired substance either for harvesting or for the benefit of the host organism itself.

Origin of recombinant DNA technology

First recorded in 1970–75
Also called gene splicing.
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recombinant dna technology in Culture

recombinant DNA technology

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Techniques, usually associated with genetic engineering, in which strands of DNA from different sources are spliced together to form DNA for a new life form. Gene splicing is another name for this process.

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