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Cline, Martin Cline(noun)
American geneticist who succeeded in transferring a functioning gene from one mouse to another (born in 1934)
A gradation in a character or phenotype within a species or other group.
Any graduated continuum.
Origin: From (from which also climate), from ḱley- (English lean).
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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