Genetic Polymorphism

Synonyms

Allotropy; Pleomorphism Definition

The regular and simultaneous occurrence in a single interbreeding population of two or more alleles of a gene - each responsible for a different characteristic or phenotype - where the frequency of the rarer alleles is greater than can be explained by recurrent mutation alone (typically greater than 1%). The concept includes chromosome polymorphism.

Cross-References

► Gene Expression and Transcription

► Pharmacogenetics

► Pharmacogenomics

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