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Definition of Cassette

Cassette: A pre-existing structure into which an insert can be moved. In molecular biology, a gene conversion process in which the old gene is replaced with a copy of a silent gene and the new copy becomes active. As the process involves replacing one ready made construct with another in an active slot, it is termed a cassette mechanism.

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

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