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jumping gene

noun Informal.



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British Dictionary definitions for jumping gene

jumping gene


a fragment of nucleic acid, such as a plasmid or a transposon, that can become incorporated into the DNA of a cell
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Science definitions for jumping gene

jumping gene

[ jŭmpĭng ]

See transposon.
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