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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Indigenous peoples, through their own spokespersons and through advocacy groups, have voiced concerns that the project represents no more than "genetic colonization" that will benefit the North at the expense of the South ("Genetic Diversity"; also "End of the Rainbow," Discover, November 1994).