fusion gene

Definition / meaning of fusion gene

A gene made by joining parts of two different genes. Fusion genes may occur naturally in the body by transfer of DNA between chromosomes. For example, the BCR-ABL gene found in some types of leukemia is a fusion gene. Fusion genes can also be made in the laboratory by combining genes or parts of genes from the same or different organisms.

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The Web site of the National Cancer Institute (http://www.cancer.gov/)

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