Thermophilic Bacteria

Angeli Ereso Bajit abajit at polymail.calpoly.edu
Wed Nov 4 20:01:14 EST 1998


Taq enzyme acts as a DNA polymerase that helps in replication of DNA.
This is usually used in the PCR because of its resistance to high
temperature denaturation.



On Mon, 2 Nov 1998, Gilbert Douglas wrote:

> I have learned in my Sophomore biology class that one characteristic
> significant to Thermophilic bacteria is the presence of a "Taq" enzyme.  My
> question is, what reaction does this enzyme catalyze in these bacteria and
> why is this enzyme uniquely needed in the PCR?
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> I would appreciate any help
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> thanks,
> gilbert douglas
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