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Glossary: gene, Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota

gene

(jeen)

The functional and physical unit of heredity passed from parent to offspring. Genes are pieces of DNA, and most genes contain the information for making a specific protein.

The basic unit of heredity that occupies a specific location on a chromosome. Each consists of nucleotides arranged in a linear manner. Most genes code for a specific protein or segment of protein leading to a particular characteristic or function.

GeneticsHealth professional

2005-12-22

Cancer Genetics