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repliconréplicon (fr.); Replikon (ger.)

  • A piece of genetic material which replicates as a unit, beginning at a single site within it. (OED)

    A genetic element such as an episome or a chromosome (of a bacterium or of a phage) constitutes a unit of replication or replicon. Such a unit can only replicate as a whole.

    Jacob, F., Brenner, S. & Cuzin F. (1963). On the regulaton of DNA replication in bacteria. Cold Spring Harbor Symp. Quant. Biol. 28, 329-348: 330.