Entry from US English dictionary
A gene whose presence or activity in an organism’s genome is responsible for the pathogenicity of an infective agent.
- Our preliminary observation suggests the presence of a new virulence gene in K. pneumoniae which is responsible for causing diarrhoea in children.
- This breaks a long-standing assumption among scientists that disabling a potential virulence gene weakens a pathogen.
- However, inhibitors of these virulence gene products may be used in combination with existing drugs to improve the regime of chemotherapy 31.
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Syllabification: vir·u·lence gene
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