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PCR

abbreviation
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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  • 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
  • In the late 1960s the pcr was disturbed by the extent to which abstract art had blossomed despite party disapproval.

    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
  • The pcr has fostered the development of a large number of mass organizations that function as its auxiliaries.

    Area Handbook for Romania

    Eugene K. Keefe, Donald W. Bernier, Lyle E. Brenneman, William Giloane, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
  • In addition to the broad program of the academy, the pcr also maintains other ideological training institutions.

    Area Handbook for Romania

    Eugene K. Keefe, Donald W. Bernier, Lyle E. Brenneman, William Giloane, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
  • The policies pursued by the pcr are designed to maintain firm party control of the economy.

    Area Handbook for Romania

    Eugene K. Keefe, Donald W. Bernier, Lyle E. Brenneman, William Giloane, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
  • pcr policy has sought to support the country's independent political stance by increasing its economic independence.

    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 (polymerase chain reaction)

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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