reverse transcription

noun

Definition of reverse transcription

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

Examples of reverse transcription in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Those tests are known as: reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) tests, viral cultures, or immunofluorescence assays, the CDC says. Ashley Abramson, Health.com, 14 Oct. 2021 Scientists distinguish variants using a process called quantitative reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction. Marlene Lenthang, ABC News, 23 June 2021 Researchers can amplify the genetic material and study it in greater detail, through a process known as quantitative reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction. NBC News, 21 June 2021 In both cases, labs analyze the samples using quantitative reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction tests, which can detect genetic material from SARS-CoV-2 and quantify the number of viral particles in each milliliter of sample. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, 13 Jan. 2021 Zehnder says the best current test for excluding SARS-CoV-2 infection is a system called viral reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) , but even with that approach, false negatives are within the realm of possibility. Michelle Konstantinovsky, Scientific American, 13 Nov. 2020 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, 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, 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, 17 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of reverse transcription

1971, in the meaning defined above

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22 Oct 2021

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“Reverse transcription.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reverse%20transcription. Accessed 8 Dec. 2021.

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reverse transcription

noun

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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