landel at helios
Mon Jan 30 11:08:49 EST 1995
In article <svgD378pD.95G at netcom.com>, Sam Gorstein <svg at netcom.com> wrote:
>: Along the same line, while I believe that the lower-case "m" in
>: mRNA means "messenger" and the lower-case "r" in rBST means
>: "recombinant", I am at a loss to figure out what the "c" in
>: cDNA means.
>It stands for Complimentary. The DNA is complementary to mRNA, and thus
>has had its introns removed in RNA Processing.
Actually, it stands for "copy". It is DNA that is copied from mRNA by
an enzyme called reverse transcriptase.
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