homeobox

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ho·me·o·box

 (hō′mē-ə-bŏks′)
n.
A short DNA sequence contained within all homeobox genes that codes for a specific amino acid sequence that binds to DNA and regulates transcription.

[homeo(tic gene) + box (from the fact that the DNA sequence is short and when written can be enclosed by a box on paper).]

homeobox

(ˈhɒmɪəʊˌbɒks)
n
(Genetics) genetics a particular sequence of DNA found in genes that regulate cell development
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Noun1.homeobox - one of various similar homeotic genes that are involved in bodily segmentation during embryonic development
homeotic gene - one the genes that are involved in embryologic development
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In the present study, the expression of all 39 HOX gene family members was tested using mRNA microarray and then validated by qRT-PCR in LSCC.
The HHMI research team was led by Thomas Jessell, who says that members of the Hox gene family had been known to regulate aspects of brain development, but "few people had paid attention to the fact that these genes are also expressed in the spinal cord."