- the basic physical unit of heredity; a linear sequence of nucleotides along a segment of DNA that provides the coded instructions for synthesis of RNA, which, when translated into protein, leads to the expression of hereditary character.
Origin of gene
- a male given name, form of Eugene.
- a combining form meaning “that which produces,” used in the formation of compound words: endogen; hydrogen.
Origin of -gen
- Ellsworth,born 1923, U.S. painter and sculptor.
- Emmett (Leo),1898–1979, U.S. circus clown and pantomimist.
- Eugene Cur·ran [kur-uh n, kuhr-] /ˈkɜr ən, ˈkʌr-/, Gene, 1912–96, U.S. dancer, choreographer, actor, and director.
- George (Edward),1887–1974, U.S. playwright and actor.
- Grace PatriciaPrincess Grace of Monaco, 1929–82, U.S. actress: married Prince Rainier III of Monaco 1956.
- Walt,1913–73, U.S. cartoonist.
- Also Kel·lie. a male or female given name.
- James JosephGene, 1898–1978, U.S. boxer: world heavyweight champion 1926–28.
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Contemporary Examples of gene
It got it all out there… Gene Hackman and Douglas… Melvyn Douglas is amazing.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile
January 3, 2015
Was the blackface scene with Gene Wilder in Silver Streak an important step in how American audiences view minstrelsy?How Richard Pryor Beat Bill Cosby and Transformed America
David Yaffe, Scott Saul
December 10, 2014
You see, as far as passing the baton down, Michael used to look at Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, and James Brown.Quincy Jones Talks Chicago’s Mean Streets, Why Kanye West Is No Michael Jackson, and Bieber
September 25, 2014
Other trials, to begin in the fall, will study a monovalent vaccine that has a gene only from the Zaire strain.Ebola Vaccine Will Do Little for Current Crisis
August 28, 2014
Although the gene itself stays unchanged, chemicals called methyl groups alter how that gene works.Researchers Have Created a New Blood Test to Predict Risk of Suicide
July 30, 2014
Historical Examples of gene
Jack bueno, mebbyso Gene bueno, mebbyso Clark, mebbyso Donny all time bueno.
"And that's a lie," Gene amended, with the frankness of a foster-brother.
"Well, you ask Clark, when you see him," Gene hinted darkly.
"He wouldn't say a blamed thing about it," Gene complained sincerely.
Gene and Clark came in, sulky still, and inclined to snappishness when they did speak.
- a unit of heredity composed of DNA occupying a fixed position on a chromosome (some viral genes are composed of RNA). A gene may determine a characteristic of an individual by specifying a polypeptide chain that forms a protein or part of a protein (structural gene); or encode an RNA molecule; or regulate the operation of other genes or repress such operationSee also operon
Word Origin for gene
- Gene, full name Eugene Curran Kelly. 1912–96, US dancer, choreographer, film actor, and director. His many films include An American in Paris (1951) and Singin' in the Rain (1952)
- Grace. 1929–82, US film actress. Her films included High Noon (1952) and High Society (1956). She married Prince Rainier III of Monaco in 1956 and died following a car crash
- Ned. 1855–80, Australian horse and cattle thief and bushranger, active in Victoria: captured by the police and hanged
- game as Ned Kelly or as game as Ned Kelly See game 1 (def. 25)
- Gene, original name James Joseph Tunney . 1897–1978, US boxer; world heavyweight champion (1926–28)
- producing or that which produceshydrogen
- something producedcarcinogen
Word Origin for -gen
Word Origin and History for gene
1911, from German Gen, coined 1905 by Danish scientist Wilhelm Ludvig Johannsen (1857-1927), from Greek genea "generation, race" (see genus). De Vries had earlier called them pangenes. Gene pool is attested from 1950.
common Irish surname, from Old Irish ceallach "war." As a type of pool played with 15 balls, it is attested from 1898. Kelly green first recorded 1917.
word-forming element technically meaning "something produced," but mainly, in modern use, "thing that produces or causes," from French -gène (18c.), from Greek -genes "born of, produced by," related to genos "birth" (see genus). Originally in late 18th century chemistry and probably reflecting misunderstanding of -genes, as though it meant "that which produces."
- A hereditary unit that occupies a specific location on a chromosome, determines a particular characteristic in an organism by directing the formation of a specific protein, and is capable of replicating itself at each cell division.
- One that is produced:phosgene.
- A segment of DNA, occupying a specific place on a chromosome, that is the basic unit of heredity. Genes act by directing the production of RNA, which determines the synthesis of proteins that make up living matter and are the catalysts of all cellular processes. The proteins that are determined by genetic DNA result in specific physical traits, such as the shape of a plant leaf, the coloration of an animal's coat, or the texture of a person's hair. Different forms of genes, called alleles, determine how these traits are expressed in a given individual. Humans are thought to have 20,000 to 25,000 genes; bacteria have between 500 and 6,000. See also dominant recessive. See Note at Mendel.