gene gene  /ˈdʒin/


  • (n) (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


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  1. A procedure that replaces faulty genes in the blind might hold cures for all kinds of genetic diseases and for cancer.
  2. Genes for mental illness are hard to pinpoint, and a new study suggests that one gene variant that was thought to be associated with depression may not predict risk after all.
  3. Rather, the gene's action allows adult mice to retain a neural openness for learning that young mice naturally possess but lose in aging.


  1. Gene Variants May Play Role in Obesity

    Title: Gene Variants May Play Role in Obesity Category: Health News Created: 6/17/2013 12:35:00 PM Last Editorial Review: 6/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
    on June 19, 2013     Source:

  2. 'Gene' Graves, 75

    Donald (Gene) Graves, 75, of Grand Island died Friday, June 14, 2013, at St. Francis Medical Center with his loving family at his side.
    on June 19, 2013     Source: Grand Island Independent

  3. Gene Mako dies at age 97

    Tennis great Gene Mako, who won four major doubles titles and was ranked in the world top 10 during the 1930s, has died in Southern California. He was 97 years old.
    on June 18, 2013     Source: Fox Sports

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  1. "Few people in the history of the National Football League have played the game as well as Gene and then had another career in football with so much positive impact on the structure and competitiveness of the entire league as Gene," Tagliabue...
    on Aug 21, 2008 By: Paul Tagliabue Source: Chicago Tribune

  2. Roeper said he intends to "proceed elsewhere ...... as the co-host of a movie review show that honors the standards established by Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert more than 30 years ago."
    on Jul 21, 2008 By: Richard Roeper Source: International Herald Tribune

  3. "After consultation with my director of athletics, Gene Smith, and based upon our unique position in the BCS standings," Tressel said in a statement, "I believe it is only fair that we not participate in the final poll."
    on Dec 3, 2006 By: Jim Tressel Source: ESPN

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