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(Biochemistry) a fragment of nucleic acid, such as a plasmid or a transposon, that can become incorporated into the DNA of a cell
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a gene or set of genes capable of inserting copies of itself into other DNA sites within the same cell. Also called jumping gene.
[1974; transpos (ition) + -on1]
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|Noun||1.||jumping gene - a segment of DNA that can become integrated at many different sites along a chromosome (especially a segment of bacterial DNA that can be translocated as a whole)|
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