- an organism having an appearance that is characteristic of the species in a natural breeding population.
- the form or forms of a gene commonly occurring in nature in a given species.
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The wild-type mice were given random compounds, along with half of the mutants.Trial Drug Reverses Alzheimer’s Disease in Mice
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The F1 (wild-type) flies from bow male by arc female were inbred.
Yellow sable males were bred to wild females and F1 consisted of wild-type males and females.
When a dot male with vermilion eyes was bred to a wild female the offspring were wild-type males and females.
The wild-type daughters were back-crossed to double recessive males and gave the results (mass cultures) shown in table 13.
But that they are genetically different mutations is at once shown on crossing any two, when wild-type offspring are produced.
- biology the typical form of a species of organism resulting from breeding under natural conditions
- The typical form of an organism, strain, gene, or characteristic as it occurs in nature, as distinguished from mutant forms that may result from selective breeding.
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