reverse transcription


Definition of reverse transcription

: the process of synthesizing DNA using RNA as a template and reverse transcriptase as a catalyst

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Examples of reverse transcription in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Then, the isolated genetic material heads to a second assay called an RT-qPCR, or a quantitative reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "COVID spit test is faster, cheaper, avoids shortages—and now greenlit by FDA," 18 Aug. 2020 The gold standard tests recommended by the WHO are molecular assays, such as reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR). Sarah Wild, Scientific American, "African Countries Scramble to Ramp up Testing for COVID-19," 16 June 2020 Like many countries, South Korea uses a reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) to test for the virus. Paula Hancocks, CNN, "Recovered coronavirus patients are testing positive again. Can you get re-infected?," 17 Apr. 2020 The technology only requires a simple heat-block that maintains a constant temperature for RNA reverse transcription and DNA amplification, according to scientists. Fox News, "Scientists at Oxford University have developed a rapid testing technology for coronavirus," 20 Mar. 2020 Many testing kits to screen for COVID-19 rely on amplifying unique virus genes in a technique called reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "How an Indianapolis company is helping speed up coronavirus testing," 15 Mar. 2020 Many of their tests will look similar to the CDC's existing test, which relies on a technique known as reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction, otherwise shortened to RT-PCR. Amanda Morris, azcentral, "How private hospitals and labs in Arizona will help test more people for the coronavirus," 7 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of reverse transcription

1971, in the meaning defined above

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“Reverse transcription.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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Medical Definition of reverse transcription

: the process of synthesizing DNA using RNA as a template and reverse transcriptase as a catalyst

Other Words from reverse transcription

reverse-transcribe transitive verb reverse transcribed; reverse transcribing

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