Definition of genetic code in US English:

genetic code


  • The nucleotide triplets of DNA and RNA molecules that carry genetic information in living cells.

    • ‘Clark works with genetic information, creating DNA portraits in which people are represented by their genetic code.’
    • ‘The genetic code has the same importance in molecular biology that the Periodic Table of the Elements has in chemistry.’
    • ‘Our genetic code is found in parts of our cells called chromosomes.’
    • ‘The film's name comes from the initials of the four DNA bases of our genetic code: guanine, adenine, cytosine and thymine.’
    • ‘The universal genetic code is used in both the consistency analysis and the computer simulation.’
    • ‘The genetic code of the Roboastra mitochondrial genome is the same as that used by other mollusks.’
    • ‘The retrovirus would then move the gene into the host cell's genetic code.’
    • ‘A couple of years from now, there may be as many as 70 pathogens whose genetic code has been cracked.’
    • ‘Its genetic code is embedded in a complex DNA structure called the TCP pathogenicity island.’
    • ‘With the human genetic code we find roughly 2 million to 3 million variations in the chromosomes.’
    • ‘The genetic code is the mapping by which nucleotide sequences are translated into amino acid sequences.’
    • ‘If a gene on the Y chromosome mutates, that piece of the male genetic code may disappear.’
    • ‘Because of some unknown quirk or mutation in the cosmic dance her genetic code did not enable her cells to make a full life possible.’
    • ‘In addition, their genetic code is simple and their cellular DNA is relatively easy to modify in the lab.’
    • ‘To clone, scientists replace all the genetic material in an egg with a mature cell containing the complete genetic code from the donor.’
    • ‘Biochemistry may explain why most of the exceptions to the genetic code involve stop codons.’
    • ‘In it he predicted that a large molecule carrying a genetic code would explain heritable characteristics.’
    • ‘We have a hundred trillion cells - when you try to use the same genetic code to get the same experiment done twice it never works.’
    • ‘He won the Nobel, discovered the double helix, and helped unravel our genetic code.’
    • ‘Starting at one end of the gene, the genetic code is read three nucleotides at a time.’


genetic code

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