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A readily detectable gene (e.g. that for β‐glucuronidase, firefly luciferase, or green fluorescent protein) transferred into a transgenic organism together with the gene of interest, to permit ready identification of those cells in which the gene transfer has been achieved. Unlike a marker gene (see gene, marker) it does not confer any advantage on the transfected cells under laboratory conditions, but leads to the expression of a readily measured enzyme.

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