Definition of gene silencing in English:

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gene silencing

noun

[mass noun]
The switching off of the expression of a gene, for example by the introduction of an antisense RNA that blocks translation of the messenger RNA.
Example sentences
  • Such mutants have been generated by chemical mutagenesis, gene disruption, and antisense gene silencing.
  • This outcome is in contrast to that with sex-specific differences in selection, which can cause extreme differences in gene expression and even gene silencing.
  • The organization of DNA into euchromatin and heterochromatin is implicated in gene silencing.

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