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gene family

group of genes related by sequence similarity.

gene fam·i·ly

(jēn fam'i-lē)
Group of genes related by sequence similarity.

gene family

A group of genes that codes for related proteins.

gene family

A group of genes whose exons are related, having been derived from an ancestral gene.
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Furthermore, characterization of the alpha-tubulin gene family in Ceratopteris will ultimately help to answer questions specifically related to the origin and function of gene families in organisms with large genomes.
Up to 20 of those genes may be selected from outside the eight gene families specifically targeted for inclusion.
Vertex's software development efforts are now being expanded in the area of gene families, with novel applications that enable analysis of a chemical library for selectivity among clusters of similar protein targets, and comparison of multiple libraries based on a single protein target.
Intron phases are fully conserved among all 14 human members and among members of the rodent kallikrein gene families.
The plasmids exhibit significant genetic redundancy and carry 175 paralogous gene families, most of of unknown function.
Fei said that the duplication contributed to adding additional members of gene families that are involved in regulating important kiwifruit characteristics, like fruit vitamin C, flavonoid and carotenoid metabolism.
The team's work identified a variety of gene families that may have future impact on improving cacao trees and fruit either by enhancing their attributes or providing protection from fungal diseases and insects that effect cacao trees.
Researchers mostly from multinational drug companies, but also universities describe compound design methods for generating small molecules that interact with important biological targets in eight major gene families.
The discipline makes it possible to probe into the phylogenetic origins of gene families and how they have been altered as species rose higher; eventually these gene structures and relative functions can be compared to those of humans, says NCT deputy director James K.
With the introduction of these library siRNA sets, researchers now have an off-the-shelf, high throughput RNAi solution that covers broad gene families.
That makes the microRNA gene family comparable in size to other gene families with a role in regulating gene activity.