leading strand


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leading strand

[′lēd·iŋ ‚strand]
(cell and molecular biology)
In deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) replication, the 5′ to 3′ DNA strand that is synthesized with few or no interruptions.
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That creates a problem because when the genetic replication begins, there is no "opposite end" yet for it to start on and meet the leading strand in the middle - there is just the fork in the double helix where the strands are still being unzippered.
In The Fragmented World of the Social (1995), Honneth stages a critical appropriation of some of the leading strands of contemporary social and political thought.