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PCR

abbreviation for
  1. polymerase chain reaction: a technique for rapidly producing many copies of a fragment of DNA for diagnostic or research purposes
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Examples from the Web for pcr

Historical Examples

  • In trying to evolve a system of incentives that would lead to a more economic use of resources, the PCR is facing a dilemma.

    Area Handbook for Romania

    Eugene K. Keefe, Donald W. Bernier, Lyle E. Brenneman, William Giloane, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole

  • A phosphide, PCr, is known; it burns in oxygen forming the phosphate.

  • The PCR has a similar pyramidal structure, the topmost organs being self-selecting and self-perpetuating.

    Area Handbook for Romania

    Eugene K. Keefe, Donald W. Bernier, Lyle E. Brenneman, William Giloane, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole

  • Direction of the country's economy is highly centralized and rigidly controlled by the PCR.

    Area Handbook for Romania

    Eugene K. Keefe, Donald W. Bernier, Lyle E. Brenneman, William Giloane, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole

  • Individual and group participation in the political process was limited to the forms and means permitted by the PCR.

    Area Handbook for Romania

    Eugene K. Keefe, Donald W. Bernier, Lyle E. Brenneman, William Giloane, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole


pcr in Culture

PCR

A laboratory technique that can amplify the amount of DNA from a tiny sample to a large amount within just a few hours. Theoretically, PCR can take one molecule and produce measurable amounts of identical DNA in a short period of time. It is used in DNA fingerprinting and DNA sequencing.

Note

An enzyme used in this process was originally found in bacteria in hot springs.
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