a gene that under certain conditions causes the death of an organism.
Origin of lethal gene
First recorded in 1935–40
Also called lethal factor, lethal mutation.
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Medicine definitions for lethal mutation (1 of 2)
A mutant trait that leads to a phenotype incapable of effective reproduction.
Medicine definitions for lethal mutation (2 of 2)
A gene whose expression results in the death of the organism.
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