ISPE Glossary of Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Terminology

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Transposon

A transposable or movable genetic element. A relatively small DNA segment that has the ability to move (mobile genetic element) from one chromosomal position to another, e.g., Tn 5 is a bacterial transposon that carries the genes for resistance to the antibiotics neomycin and kanamycin and the genetic information for insertion and excision of the transposon.

Publication Source: Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Publication Date: 1999

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