Okazaki fragment


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Okazaki fragment

[‚ō·kə¦zä·kē ‚frag·mənt]
(cell and molecular biology)
In deoxyribonucleic acid replication, a discontinuous segment in which the lagging strand is synthesized.
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Days weaving the lagging strand synthesis of DNA--A personal recollection of the discovery of Okazaki fragments and studies on discontinuous replication mechanism--Tsuneko OKAZAKI
Their discovery of short DNA fragments, called Okazaki fragments, made clear the mechanism of the non-continuative replication of DNA.