composite transposon

A transposon constructed of two IS (insertion sequence) elements flanking a control region that frequently contains host genes….


A mobile piece of DNA that is flanked by terminal repeat sequences and typically bears genes coding for transposition functions. See transposable genetic element….

List of Biology Words Starting with C

…A Complementary sequence complementation complementation group complementation test Complete blood count complete linkage complete medium Complex I Complex II Complex III Complex IV component of fitness composite transposon compound Compound heterozygote compound microscope computed tomography computerized Axial Tomography scan computerized tomography con- concanavalin A Concatemer concentration Concentration ratio concor…

List of Biology Words Starting with T

…ermediate translation translocase (EF-G) translocation transmembrane receptor transmissible spongiform encephalopathy (TSE) transmission genetics transmitter transpiration transposable genetic element Transposition transposon transversion transversion mutation tremor tricep Trichome trihybrid Trihybrid cross triplet triploid trisomic Trisomy Tristimulus tritium tRNA trophic trophoblast tropical truncate truncation se…

transposable genetic element

A general term for any genetic unit that can insert into a chromosome, exit, and relocate; includes insertion sequences, transposons, some bacteriophages, and controlling element. A region of the genome, flanked by inverted repeats, a copy of which can be inserted at another place; also called a transposon or a jumping gene….

inverted repeat (IR) sequence

A sequence found in identical (but inverted) form, for example, at the opposite ends of a transposon. A nucleotide sequence found at two sites on the same double helix but in opposite orientation….

enhancer trap

A transgenic construction inserted in a chromosome which is used to identify tissue-specific enhancers in the genome. In such a construct, a promoter sensitive to enhancer regulation is fused to a reporter gene, such that expression patterns of the reporter gene identify the spatial regulation conferred by nearby enhancers. “In contrast to the rational “one gene at a time” approaches, enhancer-trapping methods evolved to probe…


A class of genetic elements that includes retroviruses and transposons that have an intermediate RNA stage. A transposon that was created by reverse transcription of an RNA molecule….