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sticky end

[′stik·ē ‚end]
(biochemistry)
Any of the single-stranded complementary ends of a deoxyribonucleic acid molecule. Also known as cohesive end.
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The particles stuck only when they were held together for several minutes-a sufficient period for the sticky ends to find a binding partner on another particle.
Muir's group and Xu's have used this tactic to make proteins with sticky ends. If a protein's structure is flexible, those ends can join to each other and transform the protein into a loop, the teams report in the June 16 JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY and the June 25 JOURNAL OF BIOLOGICAL CHEMISTRY, respectively.
Stieg Larsson's muck-raking trilogy of corruption draws to a satisfactory conclusion with a series of vile threats and sticky ends - for the righteous and wicked alike.