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sticky end

noun, Genetics, Biotechnology.
a single-stranded end of DNA or RNA having a nucleotide base sequence complementary to that of another strand, enabling the two strands to be connected by base pairing: produced in the laboratory with the use of restriction enzymes for genetic engineering purposes.
Origin of sticky end
First recorded in 1970-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • He was rather an unsavoury sort of character in some ways, but I heard that he came to a sticky end.

    Tales of Chinatown Sax Rohmer
British Dictionary definitions for sticky end

sticky end

(informal) an unpleasant finish or death (esp in the phrase come to or meet a sticky end)
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