mutant gene


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Noun1.mutant gene - a gene that has changed so that the normal transmission and expression of a trait is affected
cistron, gene, factor - (genetics) a segment of DNA that is involved in producing a polypeptide chain; it can include regions preceding and following the coding DNA as well as introns between the exons; it is considered a unit of heredity; "genes were formerly called factors"
CFTR, cystic fibrosis transport regulator - the gene that is mutated in cystic fibrosis
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Another American research team has found people with a mutant gene were more likely to develop both type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer's.
In one of her blood-forming stem cells, the chromosome carrying the mutant gene had shattered (illustrated above) and reassembled Humpty-Dumpty style, leaving out some genes, the researchers report in the Feb.
35pm When a cure is found for the mutant gene, tensions rise and Magneto pre-empts a war with humans, planning to strike first.
In the mutant gene, a small portion of the gene carrying a repeated string of DNA letters is greatly expanded to hundreds or thousands of repeat units.
A cure has been discovered for the mutant gene, but the mutants are not happy to go along with it.
When the samples from mice with bowel tumours were transferred to other healthy animals with a mutant gene called Kras (that is associated with bowel cancer), this was enough to trigger cancer even in the absence of a high-fat diet.
The Philadelphia Chromosome: A Mutant Gene and the Quest to Cure Cancer at the Genetic Level offers a fine history of scientific and medical discoveries that brought about the first treatment of a lethal cancer at the genetic level, and begins in 1959 when a chromosomal mutation--"the Philadelphia chromosome"--was discovered in a lab.
Lead authors Ran Zhuo and Xiao Li, both PhD candidates, found that fruit flies with a mutant gene called melanoma antigen gene, or MAGE, appeared normal when fed a regular diet but died when fed food supplemented with caffeine.
But Sienna - who inherited a mutant gene - insists: "Most of the time I don't really care I'm different - it actually makes me feel special.
Scientists believe a "race of giants" sprang from a mutant gene that first emerged around 1,500 years ago and caused uncontrolled body growth.
The process involves crossing the mutant gene into plants with different genetic backgrounds and then evaluating the offspring for the strength of the mutant phenotype.
Our study has shown, for the first time in India, that a mutant gene is causing excess production of cholesterol in the liver and pushing it into the bile duct leading to stone formation," Dr Reddy said.