recombinant DNA technology

[ ree-kom-buh-nuhnt dee-en-eytek-nol-uh-jee ]
/ riˈkɒm bə nənt ˈdiˈɛnˈeɪ tɛkˈnɒl ə dʒi /

noun Genetics.

any of various techniques for separating and recombining segments of DNA or genes, often employing a restriction enzyme to cut a gene from a donor organism and inserting it into a plasmid or viral DNA for transplantation into a host organism, where the gene causes the production of a desired substance either for harvesting or for the benefit of the host organism itself.

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See also gene splicing.

Origin of recombinant DNA technology

First recorded in 1970–75

Words nearby recombinant DNA technology

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Cultural definitions for recombinant DNA technology

recombinant DNA technology
[ (ree-kom-buh-nuhnt) ]

Techniques, usually associated with genetic engineering, in which strands of DNA from different sources are spliced together to form DNA for a new life form. Gene splicing is another name for this process.

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