Mitosis/S phase

Carlisle Landel 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.
>
>-SG-


Actually, it stands for "copy".  It is DNA that is copied from mRNA by
an enzyme called reverse transcriptase.

Carlisle




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