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1[mass noun] Germ cells collectively.
- ‘One of the requirements for germ-cell formation is assembly of the specialized cytoplasm, the germ plasm, at the posterior of the egg.’
- ‘There is no evidence for germ plasm being involved in germ-cell formation in the mouse or other mammals.’
- ‘Let it be sufficient to note that even these developments, such as vegetable biotechnology and germ plasm, are not easily transferred across regional production systems.’
- 1.1The genetic material of germ cells.
- ‘Most of the earlier reported QTL were found in crosses within North American germ plasm, while we used only European material.’
- ‘Literally adding spice to the occasion was a pest and disease-resistant cinnamon variety selected from the germ plasm of open pollinated seedlings maintained at the Horticultural Research Centre at Pechiparai.’
- ‘One order provided for the recovery by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries of related costs from the exporters of live animals and germ plasm.’
- ‘Deren said the gene mutation method was expected to yield a germ plasm, somewhat of a working model, in about two years, that would form the foundation of any commercial production.’
- ‘At gastrulation, the germ plasm is located in cells in the floor of the blastocoel cavity, among the cells that give rise to the endoderm.’
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