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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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.
This situation is similar to the condition that natural selection acts against a recessive lethal gene and elimination of recessive homozygous is complete with no heterozygous advantage or disadvantage (Falconer and Mackay 1996).
The male mosquitoes used in the evaluation (males do not bite or spread disease) have been engineered with a lethal gene, which will kill the offspring of any female mosquito which mates with them;