from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A technique for amplifying DNA sequences in vitro by separating the DNA into two strands and incubating it with oligonucleotide primers and DNA polymerase. It can amplify a specific sequence of DNA as many as one billion times and is important in biotechnology, forensics, medicine, and genetic research.
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- noun biochemistry a
techniquein molecular biologyfor creating multiple copiesof DNAfrom a sample; used in genetic fingerprintingetc
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