Dictionary > Luxury gene

Luxury gene

Definition
noun, plural: luxury genes
A gene that codes for specialized cell products and is expressed abundantly.
Supplement
Luxury genes are tissue-specific or organ-specific, which means they are not expressed in all cells. They are not constantly expressed, only when their function is needed. Examples of luxury genes are plasmids of bacteria and genes coding for heat-shock proteins.
Compare: housekeeping gene.

See also: genetic expression, transcription.


You will also like...

"Opabinia regalis"
The Evolutionary Development of Multicellular Organisms

Multicellular organisms evolved. The first ones were likely in the form of sponges. Multicellularity led to the evolutio..

Developmental Biology
Developmental Biology

Developmental biology is a biological science that is primarily concerned with how a living thing grows and attains matu..

An artist's depiction of the origin of amphibians
Amphibians & Early Reptiles

Obtaining air outside an aquatic environment required species to acquire suitable adaptations, and this was the case of ..

Ecological Research Measuring & Analysis
Ecological Research: Measuring & Analysis

This lesson is about the methods used for ecological research, such as quadrat and transect sampling, canopy fogging, an..

Protein (illustration)
Protein Variety

The sequence of amino acids determines the type of protein. Protein is synthesized according to the sequence of nucleoti..

New Zealand Flora & Fauna
Ecology & Biodiversity: New Zealand Flora & Fauna

New Zealand is known for its unique biodiversity, caused by its remarkable geography and geologic history. Breaking away..

Related Articles...

No related articles found

See all Related Topics