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Polymerase chain reaction (PCR)

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DNA polymerase (blue) makes many copies of DNA (red) in a cycle of the polymerase chain reaction (PCR).
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15624. Kary Mullis
Image of Kary Mullis. In 1985, Kary Mullis invented the polymerase chain reaction (PCR), a method of amplifying or producing many copies of a specific piece of DNA. The revelation came to this eccentric character on a drive in northern California.
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The cycles of the polymerase chain reaction (PCR).
15924. Making many copies of DNA
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15140. Making many DNA copies, Kary Mullis
Kary Mullis talks about his discovery of the polymerase chain reaction (PCR), a process that allows chemists to produce many copies of a specific fragment of DNA.
16065. Kary Mullis
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15139. Finding DNA to copy, Kary Mullis
Kary Mullis speaks about the process of find a specific fragment of DNA amongst many pieces in a complex mixture.
15479. Sanger method of DNA sequencing, 3D animation with narration
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16515. Animation 23: A gene is a discrete sequence of DNA nucleotides.
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16812. Animation 39: A genome is an entire set of genes.
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