- the formation of new combinations of genes, either naturally, by crossing over or independent assortment, or in the laboratory by direct manipulation of genetic material.
Origin of recombination
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All personality is recombination; and all emotions are of the dead.Exotics and Retrospectives
In these cases, also, recombination can be partially effected by the rays.The Birth-Time of the World and Other Scientific Essays
J. (John) Joly
For never shall being from being be sundered so as to lose its continuity by dispersion or recombination.Studies of the Greek Poets (Vol I of 2)
John Addington Symonds
In other words, there has been segregation of racial characters followed by their recombination in a hybrid race.
The result was not due to selection, but to the recombination of the factors necessary to make the Game plumage coloration.Inheritance of Characteristics in Domestic Fowl
Charles Benedict Davenport
- genetics any of several processes by which genetic material of different origins becomes combined. It most commonly occurs between two sets of parental chromosomes during production of germ cells
- physics the union of free electrons and holes in a semiconductor or of free ions and electrons in a plasma
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Word Origin and History for recombination
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- The natural formation in offspring of genetic combinations not present in parents by the processes of crossing over or independent assortment.
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