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polymerase chain reaction

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polymerase chain reaction (pŏlˈĭmərāsˌ) [key] (PCR), laboratory process in which a particular DNA segment from a mixture of DNA chains is rapidly replicated, producing a large, readily analyzed sample of a piece of DNA; the process is sometimes called DNA amplification.

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