The ambiguous term “transgene” primarily denotes a gene, which has been transferred from one species to another through a suitable gene construct. Apart from that, plants, animals and microorganisms, whose genetic material incorporate a gene of another species are called “transgenic” (i.e. “transgenic plants”). The term “transgenic” also includes those organisms whose genome has been modified in the early embryonic stages. 

For further information see: 

Biology Online Dictionary: Transgenic. Online Version

Kumar, S. / Barone, P. / Smith, M.(eds.)(2019): Transgenic plants : methods and protocols. New York: Humana Press.

Pinker, C. A. (ed.)(2014): Transgenic Animal Technology. Amsterdam: Elsevier.

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