Encyclopedia of Pain

2007 Edition

Alleles

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-540-29805-2_150

Definition

Alternate forms of a gene or genetic locus; the basic unit of genetic variability. Organisms inherit two alleles (maternal and paternal) of every gene, which may or may not be identical. Different alleles may produce protein isozymes (i.e. proteins with different amino acid sequences), alter expression levels of proteins, or have no effect whatsoever.

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