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interrupted genea gene whose coding sequence is interrupted, at intervals, by non-coding sequences (INTRONS), the number and size of which vary Such sequences are found in the PRIMARY TRANSCRIPT of the gene, but not in the mature transcript after SPLICING. Interrupted genes are characteristic of many EUKARYOTES. They may also be found less frequently in certain PROKARYOTES. Also called discontinuous gene or split gene.
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