Definition of gene conversion in English:

gene conversion


mass noun
  • The process whereby, during meiosis, one allele in a heterozygote is converted to the other by a process of mismatch repair.

    • ‘Homology of nuclear regions may be confused by recombinant processes such as gene conversion.’
    • ‘Extensive genetic analysis showed only gene conversion events without crossing over.’
    • ‘Laboratory-based studies have found significant gene conversion on the human sex chromosomes and in the malaria parasite.’
    • ‘Genetic flux due to gene conversion will homogenize regions across the inverted segment, but the size of the region affected will be small.’
    • ‘For divergent duplicate genes, gene conversion will considerably increase the genetic distances.’