polymerase chain reaction

(puh-LIH-meh-rays chayn ree-AK-shun)

A laboratory method used to make many copies of a specific DNA sequence. Also called PCR.

A procedure that produces millions of copies of a short segment of DNA through repeated cycles of: (1) denaturation, (2) annealing, and (3) elongation. Polymerase chain reaction is a very common procedure in molecular genetic testing and may be used to generate a sufficient quantity of DNA to perform a test (e.g., allele-specific amplification, trinucleotide repeat quantification). Also called PCR.

Pronunciation of dictionary term "polymerase chain reaction"

Pronunciation of dictionary term "reacción en cadena de la polimerasa"

Método de laboratorio usado para hacer muchas copias de una secuencia específica de ADN. También se llama RCP.

Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)Reacción en cadena de la polimerasa (PCR)