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Polymorphic

Definition

adjective

(biology) Occurring in many forms, e.g. social ants having many adult forms.


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Word origin: From Ancient Greek poly (many) + morph (form) + -ic.
Related forms: polymorphism (noun), polymorph (noun)

Compare: pleomorphic
See also: genetic polymorphism

Related term: polymorphic reticulosis


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Polymorphism and Mutation

... of genes that have changed enough to create variation within a group. It is these changes that can lead to evolutionary changes since if this polymorphic change is beneficial it will continue to spread within the group as new offspring are produced. I suppose a mutation may become a polymorphism ...

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by Babybel56
Wed Mar 05, 2014 3:39 am
 
Forum: Molecular Biology
Topic: Polymorphism and Mutation
Replies: 2
Views: 1554

Difference polymorphic loci and heterozygosity

Can someone explain the difference between polymorphic loci and heterozygosity? I know you need 2 alleles/locus for both, but I don't understand what the difference is. Thanks in advance, David

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by David25
Sun Jan 22, 2012 9:17 pm
 
Forum: Genetics
Topic: Difference polymorphic loci and heterozygosity
Replies: 2
Views: 3950

How to draw a blot from a RFLP physical map?

... with the numbers at the bottom( the numbers are beneath the vertical lines ) represent restriction sites for the enzyme EcoRI.; Sites 3 and 4 are polymorphic; the others are not. The distances between EcoRI sites are given. The extent of the probe you are using to detect the RFLP is indicated ...

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by ssimon10
Wed Nov 23, 2011 2:43 pm
 
Forum: Genetics
Topic: How to draw a blot from a RFLP physical map?
Replies: 7
Views: 2932

Re: Evolutionists Show of Shutting Down the Debate

... difference between a state where a gene has more than one form, and the various forms themselves. I agree that loci can be referred to as being polymorphic if they contain polymorphisms - ie. the loci possess "many forms". The word "polymorphism", unfortunately for our discussion, ...

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by Gavin
Tue Nov 08, 2011 6:34 pm
 
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Evolutionists Show of Shutting Down the Debate
Replies: 71
Views: 29169

Re: Analyzing gel electrophoresis picture?!

it looks like a picture representing RFLP analysis of a 250bp-long DNA fragment on which one polymorphic restriction cut site is located (at around 175th bp). these three samples should have been collected from three different individuals. lane2 and lane3 represents the ...

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by patlangic
Mon Aug 08, 2011 8:19 pm
 
Forum: Molecular Biology
Topic: Analyzing gel electrophoresis picture?!
Replies: 4
Views: 7999
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