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- An organism that carries parasites from animals to humans and between humans (i.e. mosquitos carry malaria, tsetse flies carry the trypanosome that causes sleeping sickness, etc.).
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- in recombinant DNA work, the plasmid or phage chromosome used to carry the cloned DNA segment
Source: Jenkins, John B. 1990. Human Genetics, 2nd Edition. New York: Harper & Row
- An autonomously replicating DNA molecule into which foreign DNA fragments are inserted and then propagated in a host cell. Also living carriers of genetic material (such as pollen) from plant to plant, such as insects.
- The agent, such as a plasmid or virus, used to carry new DNA into a cell during genetic modification.
Source: Biotechnology Glossary
- 1. An organism, often an insect or rodent, that carries disease. 2. Plasmids, viruses, or bacteria used to transport genes into a host cell. A gene is placed in the vector; the vector then "infects" the bacterium.
Source: Terms of the Environment