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allosteric ribozymes (allozymes): RNA and DNA molecules can be engineered to function as molecular switches that trigger catalytic events when a specific target molecule becomes bound. Recent studies on the underlying biochemical properties of these constructs indicate that a significant untapped potential exists for the practical application of allosteric nucleic acids. Engineered molecular switches can be used to report the presence of specific analytes in complex mixtures, making possible the creation of new types of biosensor devices and genetic control elements. Engineered allosteric ribozymes as biosensor components. Breaker RR. Curr Opin Biotechnol. 2002 Feb;13(1):31-9.

aptamers: Technologies overview

Bacterial artificial chromosome BAC: A vector used to clone DNA fragments (100- to 300-kb insert size; average, 150 kb) in Escherichia coli cells. Based on naturally occurring F-factor plasmid found in the bacterium E. coli. Compare cloning vector.  DOE

DNA constructs that are composed of, at least, a REPLICATION ORIGIN, for successful replication, propagation to and maintenance as an extra chromosome in bacteria. In addition, they can carry large amounts (about 200 kilobases) of other sequence for a variety of bioengineering purposes. MeSH, 2002  Related term: BAC maps. Maps, genetic & genomic

chromatin immunoprecipitation: A technique for identifying specific DNA sequences that are bound, in vivo, to proteins of interest. It involves formaldehyde fixation of CHROMATIN to crosslink the DNA-BINDING PROTEINS to the DNA. After shearing the DNA into small fragments, specific DNA-protein complexes are isolated by immunoprecipitation with protein-specific ANTIBODIES. Then, the DNA isolated from the complex can be identified by PCR amplification and sequencing. MeSH 2005

clone: A population of genetically identical cells produced from a common ancestor. Sometimes also used to refer to a number of recombinant DNA molecules all carrying the same inserted sequence. IUPAC Medicinal Chemistry, IUPAC Compendium

Clone was coined by Herbert J. Webber in 1903 for "a colony of organisms derived asexually from a single progenitor" and was quickly adopted by botanists and cell biologists. But the popular perception of cloning can be traced to Alvin Toffler's Future Shock (1970) and was quickly popularized (and extended to items such as computers). But Lee Silver, Professor of Molecular Biology and Public Affairs, Princeton Univ. concludes that "the scientific community has lost control over Webber's pleasant sounding little word. Cloning has a popular connotation that is impossible to dislodge. We must accept that democratic debate on cloning is bereft of any meaning. Science and Scientists would be better served by choosing other words to explain advances in developmental biotechnology to the public". L. Silver "What are clones? They're not what you think they are" Nature 412 (6842): 21, 5 July 2001 
Narrower term: clone bank

clone bank: Genomic library, a collection of clones made from a set of randomly generated overlapping DNA fragments representing the entire genome of an organism. [Schlindwein] 
Related term: genomic library  

cloning: Using specialized DNA technology (see cloning vector) to produce multiple, exact copies of a single gene or other segment of DNA to obtain enough material for further study. This process is used by researchers in the Human Genome Project, and is referred to as cloning DNA. The resulting cloned (copied) collections of  DNA molecules are called clone libraries. A second type of cloning exploits the natural process of cell division to make many copies of an entire cell. The genetic makeup of these cloned cells, called a cell line, is identical to the original cell. A third type of cloning produces complete, genetically identical animals such as the famous  Scottish sheep, Dolly.  DOE

The process of making copies of a specific piece of DNA, usually a gene. When geneticists speak of cloning, they do not mean the process of making genetically identical copies of an entire organism. NHGRI

Human Cloning FAQ , US President's Council on Bioethics 
Dolly the sheep
, Nature

Of course many plants can be cloned (cuttings). And identical twins are (in a technical sense) clones, who can be organ donors for each other without immunosuppressants
Related terms: enucleated, directed evolution, molecular evolution, nuclear transfer, quiescence

cloning vector: DNA molecule originating from a virus, a plasmid, or the cell of a higher organism into which another DNA fragment of appropriate size can be integrated without loss of the vectors capacity for self replication; vectors introduce foreign DNA into host cells, where it can be reproduced in large quantities. Examples are plasmids, cosmids, and yeast artificial chromosomes [YACs]; vectors are often recombinant molecules containing DNA sequences from several sources. DOE 

conditional knockout: A method by which a gene can be switched off and on. 

Cre-lox: Tissue- specific gene deletion. 

A bacteriophage- derived, site- specific recombinase called Cre is used to selectively introduce a deletion into a particular cellular compartment. The method basically involves introducing loxP target sequences into the gene to be deleted, and engineering expression of the Cre recombinase enzyme under the control of a tissue- specific promoter. Thus, the enzyme is expressed only in the desired tissue, and it deletes the gene of interest via the loxP target sites.

DNA library: Combinatorial libraries & synthesis

DNA nanotechnology:  Ned Seeman, DNA Nanotechnology, New York Univ., US 

DNA shuffling: The use of DNA recombination ( RECOMBINATION, GENETIC) to prepare a large gene library of novel, chimeric genes from a population of randomly fragmented DNA from related gene sequences. MeSH 2003

DNA shuffling is the most powerful molecular evolution technique known to date, and it can be used to evolve proteins, plasmids and viruses in vitro. We are applying this method to improve efficacy or pharmacological properties of cytokines with therapeutic potential.... part of the project is done in collaboration with Maxygen (Santa Clara, CA), a biotechnology institute where the gene shuffling technology was developed by Dr. Willem Stemmer (Stemmer, Nature 370: 389- 391, 1994; Crameri et al. Nature 391: 288, 1998). 

A method for in vitro homologous recombination of pools of selected mutant genes by random fragmentation and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) reassembly. Computer simulations called genetic algorithms have demonstrated the importance of iterative homologous recombination for sequence evolution. WP Stemmer, Rapid evolution of a protein in vitro by DNA shuffling, Nature. 1994 Aug 4;370 (6488): 389- 391.  Related/equivalent? term: gene shuffling. Related terms: domain shuffling, exon shuffling, protein shuffling   Wikipedia 

embryonic lethal trait: In some cases, knockout of a gene believed to be important in a disease occurring in adult life (such as a cancer) will be lethal to the embryo, resulting in little or no information about the function of the gene in adult cells of interest.  Related terms knockdown, synthetic lethal screening

exon trapping (exon amplification): 

functional genomics technologies include gene disruption, gene manipulation, gene shuffling, gene targeting, gene trapping, knockdowns, knockins, knockouts, mutagenesis, phage display, positional cloning, Post Translational Gene Silencing PTGS, RNA interference RNAi.  Related terms chemical genetics, chemical genomics

gene disruption: A key methodology in high- throughput gene functional analysis. Involves developing various methods for randomly disrupting genes throughout the genome of a model organism (resulting in knockouts, or null mutations of these genes) and then determining (1) which genes have been disrupted and (2) the phenotype (if any) of the mutant organism. Broader term: gene manipulation Narrower terms: knockdown, knockin, knockout, PTSG

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gene interference: An effect similar to loss- of function mutations in organisms, as if the gene being studied were inactivated. Both sense and antisense RNA are already known to produce interference with the expression of the genes they correspond to by blocking protein synthesis. Antisense RNA is single- stranded RNA that is complementary to a particular mRNA sequence. Sense RNA, also single- stranded, is a shorter version of a particular mRNA strand. Another mechanism for gene interference using RNA has been developed in the past few years. This process, called RNA interference (RNAi) involves double- stranded RNA (dsRNA), and was first developed for use in invertebrates, later vertebrates, and now after much doubt, has been proved to work for mammals, specifically mice.  Dr. Bert Ely, Univ. of South Carolina, US  Related terms gene disruption, knockout; Broader term: gene manipulation Narrower terms: PTSG, RNAi 

gene knockout: Use of particular techniques to "knock out" the function of a gene in a model organism. Studying the effects of the gene knockout can help researchers understand the function of the gene that has been inhibited. Related terms: gene manipulation, knockdown, knockin, knockout

gene library: A collection of cloned DNA fragments from a variety of species. IUPAC Biotech

gene manipulation: The use of in vitro techniques to produce DNA molecules containing novel combinations of genes or altered sequences, and the insertion of these into vectors that can be used for their incorporation into host organisms or cells in which they are capable of continued propagation of the modified genes. IUPAC Biotech  Narrower terms: knockdowns, knockins, knockouts, mutagenesis, biochemical genomics, exon trapping, gene disruption, gene targeting, gene trapping;  Proteomics  protein knockouts

gene shuffling: recombination between dissimilar genes to create new recombinant genes (see, for example . We here choose to call only this kind of recombination gene shuffling, excluding, for example, duplication of domains within a gene. In such a gene shuffling event, the parental genes may be either destroyed or preserved  . Gene shuffling is clearly the most potent of the three causes of functional innovation because it can generate new genes with a structure drastically different from that of either parental gene. Laboratory evolution studies show that gene shuffling allows new gene functions to arise at rates of orders of magnitudes higher than point mutations  The rarity of gene shuffling in conserved genes Gavin C Conant1* and Andreas Wagner2 Genome Biology 2005, 6:R50 doi:10.1186/gb-2005-6-6-r50

Encompasses techniques to speed up genetic evolution to screen for  high value proteins. Novel recombinant gene products are screened to identify candidate proteins with desired activities.    Related terms: DNA shuffling, domain shuffling, exon shuffling, molecular evolution, protein shuffling, directed protein evolution gene manipulation, knockdown, knockin, knockout

gene silencing: Interruption or suppression of the expression of a gene at transcriptional or translational levels. MeSH, 2000 

gene suppression: shRNA is useful where long-term gene suppression is required, or where the cells are resistant to other delivery methods. Its use, however, has been limited by lack of design and processing methods that provide reliable and reproducible gene silencing. BioIT World Weekly Update Sept 5, 2006   Broader term: gene disruption. Related term: Cancer genomics tumor suppressor gene

gene targeting: Drug & disease targets

gene titration: Dr. [Oliver] Smithies has skillfully wielded a genetic knife - either removing or adding multiple copies of genes to mouse DNA-- to learn more about the roles these proteins play in controlling how much and how fast blood traverses vessels throughout the body. Such "gene titration" experiments, as he calls them, have helped Dr. Smithies evolve a model to describe essential hypertension, a complex disease with multiple genetic and environmental causes. These prior studies have revealed that while increasing the number of AGT genes in a mouse elevates blood pressure, similar manipulations to the number of ACE genes have no effect whatsoever on a mouse's blood pressure. Plugging such data into his customized computer program allows Dr. Smithies to ask -- and answer -- further questions about the effects of genetic and pharmacologic manipulations. "Computers help decipher blood pressure control" National Institute of General Medical Sciences research brief, Mar. 31, 1999

We are investigating the hypothesis that essential hypertension, one of these diseases, is caused primarily by combinations of quantitative genetic variants that individually have only modest effects. To test this hypothesis we have developed a gene targeting approach which allows the level of expression of chosen genes to be varied systematically in different animals by varying the number of functional copies of the target gene from 1 through 4. We have applied this "gene titration" method to several genes in the renin- angiotensin system and in the natriuretic peptide system and we have shown that genetic changes which affect the level of expression of the genes coding for angiotensinogen (AGT), or for renin, or the type 1a receptor for angiotensin II (Atr1a), or the endothelial form of nitric oxide synthase (eNOS), or the atrial natriuretic factor (ANF) or its receptor (NPRA) all affect blood pressures in the mouse. Oliver Smithies, Univ. of North Carolina- Chapel Hill, Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, 2001

gene trapping: Traditional gene- trapping approaches, in which genes are randomly disrupted with DNA elements inserted throughout the genome, have been used to generate large numbers of mutant organisms for genetic analysis. Recent modifications of gene- trapping methods and their increased use in mammalian systems are likely to result in a wealth of new information on gene function. Durick K, et al. “Hunting with traps” Genome Research 9(11): 1019-1025. Nov. 1999

genetic engineering: Directed modification of the gene complement of a living organism by such techniques as altering the DNA, substituting genetic material by means of a virus, transplanting whole nuclei, transplanting cell hybrids, etc. MeSH, 1989  Related term:  recombinant DNA technology. IUPAC Compendium

genetic recombination:  Production of new arrangements of genes by various mechanisms such as assortment and segregation, crossing over, gene conversion, transformation, conjugation, transduction, F-duction, or mixed infection of viruses. MeSH, 1968

Happens during the cell division (meiosis) that occurs during the formation of sperm and egg cells. In this process, chromosomes pair up and may swap portions of genetic material in a phenomenon known as crossing over. The chromosomes then reassemble and separate, with each containing some material from the other. The chromosomes are then divvied out into individual sex cells. During crossing over, it is more likely that far- apart genes will be separated by a break than those that are close together. The genes that tend to stay together are said to be linked and therefore may serve as markers for one another — a pattern that is of particular interest when, for example, one of the genes is a disease gene.   Related terms: recombinant, recombination

genetic vector : Any DNA molecule capable of autonomous replication within a host cell and into which other DNA sequences can be inserted and thus amplified. Many are derived from plasmids, bacteriophages or viruses. They are used for transporting foreign genes into recipient cells. Genetic vectors possess a functional replicator site and contain genetic markers to facilitate their selective recognition. MeSH, 1980 

Genome Technology Program: Supports research to develop new methods, technologies and instruments that enable rapid, low-cost determination of DNA sequence, SNP genotyping, and functional genomics (broadly defined).

genomewide knockdowns:  RNAi is already making an impact. Genomewide knockdowns have been carried out in organisms including nematodes. Small interfering RNAs (siRNAs), which silence genes in mammalian cells, are now being designed against as many genes as possible. The RNA Revolution,  BioIT World April 2003

genomic library: A collection of clones made from a set of randomly generated overlapping DNA fragments representing the entire genome of an organism. DOE

A form of GENE LIBRARY containing the complete DNA sequences present in the genome of a given organism. It contrasts with a cDNA library which contains only sequences utilized in protein coding (lacking introns). MeSH, 1990 

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One of the primary reasons for the success of the Human Genome Project has been the development and use of high- throughput strategies for data generation, and the placement of the data immediately in the public domain. Most of the sequence data, the underlying maps and the sequence assemblies were generated through the use of large- scale automated processes. Now, methods such as sequence analysis of whole genomes, DNA microarray technology and mass spectrometry have been or are being developed as high- throughput approaches for additional types of genomic analyses, such as determining the parameters of gene expression or the location of gene products by the thousands at a time instead of individually. High- throughput methods to determine the location of cis- regulatory elements and, to a lesser extent, other sequence elements, are also beginning to be developed. However, at present, there is no single approach or compilation of approaches that can accurately and efficiently identify every sequence feature in genomic DNA. DETERMINATION OF ALL FUNCTIONAL ELEMENTS IN HUMAN DNA RELEASE DATE, NHGRI,  February 21, 2003 RFA: HG-03-003  See also chromatography & electrophoresis,   Gene Amplification & PCR,    Microarrays,   Sequencing 

genomic technologies integrated: The grand challenge of fully characterizing the genomics/ proteomics of the intact living cell … The information coming from these projects [Human Genome Project, variety of plant genome sequencing initiatives, and the completion of an extensive array of microorganism genomes], massive and complex as it will be, provides only the starting point for understanding how the cell, the basic unit of life, interprets the blueprint contained in its genome … What is not understood is how the cell creates and orchestrates its own physiology using the information contained in its DNA …. it is unlikely that a useful understanding of the cell will be possible until a quantitative appreciation of both rates and equilibria of molecular processes in the living cell is achieved. [National Center for Research Resources "Integrated Genomics Technologies Workshop Report" Jan 1999]  Related terms: Functional genomics

insertional mutagenesis: Mutagenesis where the mutation is caused by the introduction of foreign DNA sequences into a gene. This process may occur spontaneously in vivo or be experimentally induced in vivo or in vitro. MeSH, 1991 

Enables researchers to both identify and sequence a gene, as well as get functional information about it. Is this related to gene trapping?

Does not require knowing gene's identity or function.  Related terms: embryonic lethal, knockdown

knockdown: Altering the function of a gene so that it can be conditionally expressed. This is necessary when complete knockout of the gene would be lethal to the organism. Related terms: embryonic lethal trait, knockin, knockout; Pharmaceutical biology antisense; RNAI RNA Interference

knockin: Gain of function through addition/ substitution of genetic material. One example of a knockin is deletion of a coding sequence of a gene in a mouse and then replacing it with human coding sequences.   Related terms: knockdown, knockout

knockout: Inactivation of specific genes. Knockouts are often created in laboratory organisms such as yeast or mice so that scientists can study the knockout organism as a model for a particular disease. NHGRI  Narrower term: conditional knockout, random homozygous knockout Related terms gene knockout, knockdown, knockin, protein knockouts

knockout mice: Model & other organisms  Knockout-mouse technology is considered an essential and standard technique in functional genomics and target validation. 

knockout mouse phenotyping: Recognizing the value and utility of a readily accessible, genome-wide collection of knockouts as the lynchpin to determine how mammalian genes function, several international programs were launched in 2006 to build such a resource. Partners in this effort include the NIH funded Knockout Mouse Program (KOMP), the European Conditional Mouse Mutagenesis Program (EuCOMM) funded by the European Commission, and the North American Conditional Mouse Mutagenesis Project (NorCOMM) funded by Genome Canada. Collectively, these programs have created almost 8,000 prototype knockout mice, and they are on track to complete the resource by the end of 2011. This collection is complemented by the Texas A&M Institute for Genomic Medicine’s collection of mouse gene traps — mouse knockouts created using high-throughput approaches to introduce mutations across the mouse genome — resulting in a total of some 14,000 knockouts being available to the scientific community.  The new Common Fund KOMP2 program will build upon this resource by expanding the efforts to characterize the mutant strains. Knockout Mouse Phenotyping,  NIH Common Fund 

library; library, genomic: Cell biology
molecular evolution: Technologies overview

morpholinos: Broader term: antisense oligonucleotides

mutagenesis: The introduction of permanent heritable changes (i.e., mutations) into the DNA of an organism. IUPAC Bioinorganic

Mutation and gene disruption are powerful tools for investigating gene function and for identifying novel genes without prior knowledge of homology in other systems. Screening for phenotypes of interest leads to discovery of new genes, some of the mutations becoming models for human genetic diseases.  Functional Genomics, UK "Analysis of phenotypic changes resulting from mutagenesis and gene disruption"   Narrower terms: chemical mutagenesis, insertional mutagenesis, saturation mutagenesis, site- directed mutagenesis. Broader terms: gene disruption, gene manipulation Related terms: knockouts, knockins, knockdowns

nanogenomics:  The main objective of the group is to develop experimental tools that will accelerate the finding of genomic factors (e.g. genes, polymorphisms, methylation patterns) that contribute to complex traits. In the long term this may lead to predictive medicine based on personalized genomic information. Currently available molecular tools are too slow, cumbersome and expensive to allow comprehensive genomic information to be easily obtained from a large number of individuals in a population (e.g. for case/control studies). A radical re-invention of the way genes and DNA are analyzed is needed. We believe that the analysis of single DNA molecules can overcome many of the present limitations and in addition will reveal information which is inaccessible by conventional methods. To this end, we are also developing methods for sequencing DNA in real time using novel means for observing enzymes during template-directed DNA synthesis. Nanogenomics Group, Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics 2008     Related terms: Ultrasensitivity

Post-Transcriptional Gene Silencing PTGS: Was initially considered a bizarre phenomenon limited to petunias and a few other plant species, is now one of the hottest topics in molecular biology (1). In the last few years, it has become clear that PTGS occurs in both plants and animals and has roles in viral defense and transposon silencing mechanisms. Perhaps most exciting, however, is the emerging use of PTGS and, in particular, RNA interference (RNAi) —  PTGS initiated by the introduction of double-stranded RNA (dsRNA) — as a tool to knock out expression of specific genes in a variety of organisms (reviewed in 1-3). Ambion, RNA Interference and Gene Silencing, 2002   Narrower term RNAi; Broader term:  gene silencing process biology

random homozygous knockout: A genetic approach to identify genes whose inactivation leads to loss of a particular cell function, this provides a practical way to identify and map genes throughout the genome based on their biological actions and roles in human diseases. The single step of gene discovery and function validation allows rapid identification of genes and their genetic pathways relevant to human diseases and determination of their potentials as therapeutic targets. Dr. Limin Li "Random homozygous knockout" 

recombinant DNA, rDNA: Biologically active DNA which has been formed by the in vitro joining of  segments of DNA from different sources. It includes the recombination joint or edge of a heteroduplex region where two recombining DNA molecules are connected. MeSH, 1977 

recombinant DNA technology: A body of techniques for cutting apart and splicing together different pieces of DNA. When segments of foreign DNA are transferred into another cell or organism, the substance for which they code may be produced along with substances coded for by the native genetic material of the cell or organism. Thus, these cells become "factories" for the production of the protein coded for by the inserted DNA.  NIGMS  Related terms: biotechnology, genetic engineering; Cell biology clones, homologous recombination, vectors    

restriction endonucleases: Stuart Linn and Werner Arber [52] and Matthew Meselson and Robert Yuan [53] found specific restriction endonucleases in bacteria, which act when the latter defend themselves against the attack of bacteriophages; thus these enzymes restrict the host range of the bacteriophages. Harry Smith and K. W. Wilcox [54] were able to purify these enzymes, and Thomas Kelly and Hamilton Smith [55], Kathleen Danna and Daniel Nathans [56] and Philip Sharp et al. [57], determined their mode of action. These enzymes cut DNA molecules each at a specific site. These observations made it possible to isolate genes, to clone them and analyze their biochemical structure in great detail.  Following the action of restriction endonucleases, there often arise so- called cohesive ends in the DNA molecules [58], which tend to join together. By this means it is possible for example to join together DNA from any eukaryotic organism and that from the bacterial plasmids. Such recombinant DNA molecules were first constructed by David Jackson et al. [59], Peter Lobban and Armin Kaiser [60] and Stanley Cohen et al. [61]. Cloned DNA molecules can be physically mapped, using the cutting points of the restriction endonucleases as markers, [62] and sequenced by means of sophisticated biochemical methods [63, 64]. Petter Portin in "The Origin, Development and Present Status of the Concept of the Gene: A Short Historical Account of he Discoveries" Univ. of Turku, Finland, 2000

reverse genetics: Going from a gene (or its DNA sequence), often discovered via high- throughput sequencing and bioinformatics technologies, to its biological function. Reverse genetic methods are much more amenable to whole genome, high- throughput analysis and to automation than is forward genetics. Contrast with forward genetics, in which one goes from a heritable phenotype to discovery of a gene and its function. Related term:  positional cloning   

reverse genomics: Cell & tissue technologies

ribosome display:  Wikipedia 

RNAi RNA interference: A gene silencing phenomenon whereby specific dsRNAs ( RNA, DOUBLE- STRANDED) trigger the degradation of homologous mRNA ( RNA, MESSENGER). The specific dsRNAs are processed into SMALL INTERFERING RNA (siRNA) which serves as a guide for cleavage of the homologous mRNA in the RNA- INDUCED SILENCING COMPLEX (RISC). DNA METHYLATION may also be triggered during this process. MeSH 2003  See also RNA  Narrower terms: miRNA, siRNA  Broader terms: gene expression regulation, gene silencing

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RNAi Consortium:  A public-private consortium based at the Broad will develop and validate tools and methods that will enable the worldwide scientific community to use RNAi to unveil the function of most human and mouse genes. The goal of the RNAi Consortium (abbreviated TRC) is to use the recently discovered RNAi mechanism to create widely applicable research reagents consisting of specific inhibitors against human and mouse genes.  

RNA silencing: Although initially recognized as a handy tool to reduce gene expression, RNA silencing, triggered by double- stranded RNA molecules, is now recognized as a mechanism for cellular protection and cleansing: It defends the genome against molecular parasites such as viruses and transposons, while removing abundant but aberrant nonfunctional messenger RNAs. The underlying mechanisms in distinct gene silencing phenomena in different genetic systems, such as cosuppression in plants and RNAi in animals, are very similar. There are common RNA intermediates, and similar genes are required in RNA silencing pathways in protozoa, plants, fungi, and animals, thus indicating an ancient pathway.  Tijsterman M. et. al., The genetics of RNA silencing, Annual Reviews Genetics; 36: 489- 519, 2002   Related term: RNAi RNA interference  

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saturation mutagenesis: A technique to mutate all bases of a gene. Glick

second- site mutations: Are not lethal themselves, but in combination with the primary defect cause lethality. Related term: synthetic lethal screening shuffling: Narrower terms: DNA shuffling, domain shuffling, exon shuffling, gene shuffling, protein shuffling

SELEX Systematic Evolution of Ligands by Exponential Enrichment: Process for identifying aptamers by iterative enrichment of  oligonucleotide mixtures with respect to their ability to bind a target.  [IUPAC COMBINATORIAL CHEMISTRY 

spiegelmer: The chiral inversions or mirror images of aptamers. Related term: photoaptamer; Broader term: aptamers

systems biology targeted mutation: A type of mutation in which a chromosomal gene is altered by the substitution of a DNA construct assembled in vitro. In mouse, the constructs are usually designed to eliminate gene function; such targeted mutations are often casually referred to as knock-outs. Some DNA constructs are designed to alter gene function; such targeted mutations are often casually referred to as knock- ins  Mouse Genome Informatics Glossary, Jackson Laboratories, US  

DOE, Human Genome Project Information, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Dictionary of Genetic Terms. 2007, 100+ definitions. 
IUPAC, Electrochemical nucleic acid based biosensors includes aptamers. 
NHGRI (National Human Genome Research Institute), Talking Glossary of Genetic Terms, 100+ definitions. Includes extended audio definitions.
RNAi Gateway, BioMedCentral 
Schlindwein Birgid, Hypermedia Glossary of Genetic Terms, 2006. 670 definitions.
Systems Biology Gateway, BioMedCentral 

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