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Definition of Gene family

Gene family: A group of genes that are related in structure and often in function. The genes in a gene family are descended from an ancestral gene. For example, the hemoglobin genes belong to one gene family that was created by gene duplication and divergence.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 3/19/2012

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