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Definition of Candidate gene

Candidate gene: Any gene thought likely to cause a disease. The gene may be a candidate because it is located in a particular chromosome region suspected of being involved in the disease or its protein product may suggest that it could be the disease gene in question.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 6/14/2012

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