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The answer to this question is very much no. Genomes are of arbitrary length and structural organisation (i.e. ploidy), so there isn't a fixed number of 'slots' that different base-pairs could inhabit (like e.g. rolling a dice). As a consequence (and as jamesfq mentioned in the comments), no matter what genome you have, you can always add additional levels ...


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You have it mostly right, however, you are misunderstanding what has gone on here a little. The definition from Springer is correct - a targeted gene disruption is a direct replacement of the gene with a non-functional one. However, to do so you also need some method of detecting that your gene disruption worked and will persist. This is most commonly done ...


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