The term 'homologous' has the precise meaning in biology of 'having a common evolutionary origin', but it has had another looser meaning, frequently used in work on protein and nucleic acid sequences, to mean simply 'similar'. A group of 11 experts recently urged that the interests of clarity were best served by restricting use to the more precise definition (, see also ). NC-IUB and JCBN agree with the arguments put forward, and wish to draw the attention of biochemists to them.
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