lethal gene


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le′thal gene′



n.
a gene that under certain conditions causes the death of an organism. Also called le′thal fac`tor, le′thal muta′tion.
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Noun1.lethal gene - any gene that has an effect that causes the death of the organism at any stage of lifelethal gene - any gene that has an effect that causes the death of the organism at any stage of life
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"
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le·thal gene

n. factor letal que previene el desarrollo y causa la muerte de un organismo.
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Then there are genetically modified male mosquitoes, engineered by the British biotech company Oxitec to pass a lethal gene to their offspring, causing death to the larvae.
But there are tricks -- ways the lethal gene could kill only male offspring or only females, while being carried on through the other sex.
Oxitec's approach involves the insertion of a lethal gene into insect embryos using molecular genetic engineering techniques.
aegypti males carrying a dominant lethal gene re sulting in next-generation flightless females that can't mate or avoid predators (Proc Natl Acad Sci USA.