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- A chromosomal region containing the DNA sequences necessary to initiate DNA replication processes.
Susan Allender-Hagedorn and Charles Hagedorn - Cite This Source - This Definition
- The portion of a DNA molecule which can be replicated from a single origin of replication. Plasmids and the chromosomes of bacteria, phages and other viruses usually have a single origin of replication so that their entire genome constitutes a single replicon. Eukaryotic chromosomes have multiple origins of replication, so comprise several replicons. Also used to describe a DNA molecule capable of independent replication.
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- autonomous(ly) replicating segment (or sequence), bacterial artificial chromosome, E. coli, episome, extrachromosomal, Hfr, yeast episomal vector