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reconRecon (ger.)

  • The smallest element of genetic material that can be exchanged but not divided by recombination, now identified as a nucleotide. (OED 2011)
    gene cistron muton

    The unit of recombination will be defined as the smallest element in the one-dimensional array that is interchangeable [...] by genetic recombination. One such element will be referred to as a ›recon‹.

    Benzer, S. (1957). The elementary units of heredity. In: McElroy, W.D. & Glass, B. (eds.). A Symposium on the Chemical Basis of Heredity, 70-93: 71.

    recon The smallest unit of a chromosome the interchange of which can be detected by fine-structure techniques.

    Lincoln, R.J., Boxshall, G.A. & Clark, P.F. (1982). A Dictionary of Ecology, Evolution and Systematics: 213.