Vector (biology)

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In biology, the term vector may be used in different contexts:

  • Vector (epidemiology), an organism, often an invertebrate arthropod, that transmits a pathogen from reservoir to host
  • Vector (molecular biology), vehicle used to transfer genetic material to a target cell, such as:
  • Dispersal vector, an organism that carries and disperses reproductive structures (e.g., seeds, spores, or pollen) of a different species.
    • Pollinator, the biotic agent (vector) that moves pollen from the male anthers of a flower to the female stigma of a flower to accomplish fertilization

See also

  • Vector for non-biological uses of the term

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