Biology 12th Edition

Published by McGraw-Hill Education
ISBN 10: 0-07802-426-9
ISBN 13: 978-0-07802-426-9

Chapter 14 - Biotechnology and Genomics - Engage - Thinking Scientifically - Page 259: 2

Answer

The polymerase chain reaction (PCR) is capable of creating many clones of a DNA fragment. The target DNA is quickly and specifically amplified for as long as the process is allowed to continue. This technology is particularly useful in forensics and paternity testing, where a larger amount of DNA is needed to work with.

Work Step by Step

An Enzyme DNA polymerase exponentially increases the DNA in a test tube during the PCR process.
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