gene splicing

noun Genetics.

Origin:
1975–80

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Definition:  See genetic modification
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A term used to refer to the process by which the DNA of an organism is cut and a gene, perhaps from another organism, is inserted. (See genetic engineering and recombinant DNA.) Gene splicing is often used in industry to allow single-celled organisms to produce useful products, such as human insulin. It is also used in the production of genetically modified organisms.

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Gene splicing sounds exacting, but nothing could be further from the truth.
But gene splicing usually involves one or a few genes only.
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