- 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.
Examples from the Web for genes
Contemporary Examples of genes
Genes passed down through the maternal side, though, were found to be a “perfect mitochondrial match.”Richard III’s DNA Shows Tudors May Have No Claim to the Throne
December 2, 2014
But genes trump everything, even parenting by furry primates.Can Tarzan of the Apes Survive in a Post-Colonial World?
November 23, 2014
One possible answer was that the animal integrated fragments of the virus into its genes as a result of persistent infection.Ebola's Roots Are 50 Times Older Than Mankind. And That Could Be the Key to Stopping It.
October 20, 2014
Rubin studied RB and two other genes implicated in cancer, neurofibromin and p53.Why Men May Be More Likely to Get Deadly Brain Cancer
Dr. Anand Veeravagu, MD, Tej Azad
August 5, 2014
The English got over it and the Roman and Norman genes were assimilated.
Historical Examples of genes
If you can change the genes in one cell, you can change them in another.Card Trick
Walter Bupp AKA Randall Garrett
The aliens changed our genes so we would be able to use all of our brains.
If you wish to change hereditary characteristics, you must change the genes.
Mother's brains began to get hurt and kicked around when she was small, I think—but not by the genes.The Trial of Callista Blake
They have to alter the genes—acquired characters would be of use only in a short-term project, and this is long-term.One Way
Miriam Allen deFord
- 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
Word Origin and History for genes
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.
- 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.
- 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.