One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A conserved DNA element which forms part of the promoter of many eukaryotic genes.
1980s; earliest use found in Nature: a weekly journal of science. From TATA, shortened from TATAAA, the repeated initials of the bases thymine and adenine in the consensus sequence of this DNA element + box.
TATA box/ˈtɑːtɑː ˌbɒks/
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