genetic colonization


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genetic colonization

[jə¦ned·ik ‚käl·ə·nə′zā·shən]
(genetics)
Natural introduction of genetic material into the deoxyribonucleic acid of a host cell; for example, transmission of a tumor-inducing plasmid into a plant cell by the bacterium Agrobacterium tumefaciens.