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Can you please explain why reverse transcriptase is a useful tool for molecular biologist?



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It makes RNA into DNA....VERY handy tool...RNA is "temporary" and less stable since it is typically single stranded... DNA is "permanent" constituting the chromosomal material and is typically double stranded and more stable since a nick in one strand wont result in the molecule coming apart.

Peter Faletra Ph.D.
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