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Sun Oct 26 13:29:32 EST 1997

WHAT IS NASBA (Nucleic acid sequence-based amplification): also 
              known as self-sustained sequence replication (3SR).
The (NASBA or 3SR) is an isothermal method of nucleic acid
amplification and an alternative to PCR. A target nucleic acid sequence
can be amplified exponentially in vitro using two enzymes: reverse
transcriptase (RT) and a DNA-dependent RNA polymerase (RNAP).


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