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  1. Cline, Martin Cline(noun)

    American geneticist who succeeded in transferring a functioning gene from one mouse to another (born in 1934)

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  1. cline(Noun)

    A gradation in a character or phenotype within a species or other group.

  2. cline(Noun)

    Any graduated continuum.

  3. Origin: From (from which also climate), from ḱley- (English lean).

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  1. Cline

    In biology and ecology, an ecocline or simply cline describes an ecotone in which a series of biocommunities display a continuous gradient. The term was coined by the English evolutionary biologist Julian Huxley in 1938. More technically, clines consist of ecotypes or forms of species that exhibit gradual phenotypic and/or genetic differences over a geographical area, typically as a result of environmental heterogeneity. Genetically, clines result from the change of allele frequencies within the gene pool of the group of taxa in question. Clines may manifest in time and/or space.

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