Definitions

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  • n. a computer program that takes one or more objects generated by compilers and assembles them into a single executable program.
  • n. A short oligonucleotide containing a recognition sequence for a restriction enzyme, used to blunt the ends of sticky DNA segments.
  • v. To ligate a DNA segment using a linker.

Etymologies

to link + -er (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The study from the UFS investigated how the binding of a specific protein, termed a linker histone, that binds to the length of DNA between nucleosomes, influenced the formation of the chromatin fiber and also the activity of genes.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • T-DM1 attaches trastuzumab and the chemotherapy DM1 together using a stable linker, which is designed to keep T-DM1 in one piece until it reaches specific cancer cells.

    WebWire | Recent Headlines

  • The new combination drugs have three key components: an antibody, a cancer-killing drug, and a Velcro-like substance known as a linker that holds the two tightly together so they don't separate in the bloodstream.

    BusinessWeek.com -- Top News

  • Lady Lydia, thank you for yet another "linker" post.

    The First Year At Home

  • I suppose it's the implication that, because I'm a "linker," that I just don't have any thoughts worth putting down.

    Linker Or Thinker?

  • Our goal was to include interactions between altered genes, and to simultaneously identify biologically informative "linker" genes which were not in the original altered list, but which were statistically enriched for connections to member of the GBM gene list.

    PLoS ONE Alerts: New Articles

  • The technology utilizes a proprietary "linker" technology that connects the anti-cancer agent to the appropriate receptor binding moiety to form a conjugate.

    The Earth Times Online Newspaper

  • The novel "linker" causes the anti-cancer agent to be released in its intact and fully active form within the cells.

    The Earth Times Online Newspaper

  • Optical measurement of synaptic glutamate spillover and reuptake by linker optimized glutamate-sensitive fluorescent reporters.

    World Wide Mind

  • For example, in the blog world, Instapundit's Glenn Reynolds is the classic linker, pointing people toward interesting material.

    Where is the Failure?, Arnold Kling | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

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