|DNA synthesis||medical dictionary|
<molecular biology> The linking together of nucleotides (as deoxyribonucleotide triphosphates) to form DNA. In vivo, most synthesis is DNA replication, but incorporation of precursors also occurs in repair. In the special case of retroviruses, DNA synthesis is directed by an RNA template (see reverse transcriptase).
This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology
(11 Mar 2008)
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