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 n.— «“Our laboratory testing of the vCT using the BD ProbeTec System revealed that the vCT was as easily detected as the ’wildtype’ CT.” “Wildtype” is the term for the common circulating strain of an organism.» —“Variant Strain of Chlamydia May Go Undetected” in Baltimore, Maryland PR Newswire APr. 26, 2006. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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  • I don’t know if this makes a difference, but this is very much a term of art, not slang or scientific vernacular. If I’m not mistaken, it goes back in genetics literature hundreds of years.

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