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gene transfer

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Biotechnology. the insertion of copies of a gene into living cells in order to induce synthesis of the gene's product: the desired gene may be microinjected directly into the cell or it may be inserted into the core of a virus by gene splicing and the virus allowed to infect the cell for replication of the gene in the cell's DNA.
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Examples for gene transfer
  • The phylogenetic evidence is for the moment blurred by horizontal gene transfer.
  • Parasites that infect more than one species are also vectors for horizontal gene transfer.
  • Such a pickup is technically called horizontal or lateral gene transfer.
  • For residents of that invisible world, free information-swapping is a way of life: it's called horizontal gene transfer.

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