Recombinant Gene« Back to Glossary Index
A recombinant gene is one which has been changed by the addition and/or removal of some of its sequence. This can happen naturally or may be done artificially in the laboratory.
Natural recombination happens when the chromosomes in parents interact and exchange genetic material so that their offspring inherit combinations that are different to both parents.
Recombination is one of the important causes of genetic diversity between generations and individuals.