gene splicing


noun Genetics.


Nearby words

  1. gene library,
  2. gene map,
  3. gene mapping,
  4. gene patent,
  5. gene pool,
  6. gene therapy,
  7. gene transfer,
  8. gene-splicing,
  9. geneal.,
  10. genealogical

Origin of gene splicing

First recorded in 1975–80

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Culture definitions for gene splicing

gene splicing

A term used to refer to the process by which the DNA of an organism is cut and a gene, perhaps from another organism, is inserted. (See genetic engineering and recombinant DNA.) Gene splicing is often used in industry to allow single-celled organisms to produce useful products, such as human insulin. It is also used in the production of genetically modified organisms.

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