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Definition of Metagene

Metagene: A pattern of gene expression. Not an actual gene.

"We identified aggregate patterns of gene expression (metagenes) that associate with lymph node status and recurrence, and that are capable of predicting outcomes in individual patients with about 90% accuracy." (Lancet 2003; 361: 1590)

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 6/14/2012

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