Definition of jumping gene in US English:

jumping gene


  • another term for transposon
    • ‘In 1997, in another study, University of Minnesota researchers took defunct, non-functioning jumping genes from fish and made the genes jump again.’
    • ‘Another, more speculative hypothesis is that perhaps fungi, which live within the roots of many distantly related plants, served as a conduit for the jumping genes.’
    • ‘Next, they scanned the genomes of these microbes for jumping genes.’
    • ‘Eventually he worked out the source of that extra DNA: It was a transposon, also known as a jumping gene.’
    • ‘If someone develops some ideal dairy cow and wants to clone it he does not want jumping genes creating variations that cause some of them clones to produce less milk.’


jumping gene

/ˈjəmpiNG ˌjēn/