Share this entry

Share this page

jumping gene

Syllabification: jump·ing gene

Definition of jumping gene in English:

noun

Informal term for transposon.
Example sentences
  • In 1997, in another study, University of Minnesota researchers took defunct, non-functioning jumping genes from fish and made the genes jump again.
  • Next, they scanned the genomes of these microbes for jumping genes.
  • Eventually he worked out the source of that extra DNA: It was a transposon, also known as a jumping gene.

Definition of jumping gene in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day cumbersome
Pronunciation: ˈkəmbərsəm
adjective
large or heavy and therefore difficult to carry…