RNA primer


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RNA primer

[¦är¦en¦ā ′prī·mər]
(cell and molecular biology)
A short strand of RNA that is synthesized along single-stranded DNA during replication, initiating DNA polymerase-catalyzed synthesis of the complementary strand.
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The RNA primers interact with the newly formed DNA strands to bring about enhanced replication of the DNA.
107) In 1981, Beljanski and Piawecki published a paper showing how the RNA primers were able to save the lives of rabbits that developed severe leucopenia following the administration of the chemotherapeutic agent cyclophosphamide.
Practitioners will find out soon enough if the RNA primers work, and I think they will work if they are used properly.