Definition of semi-conservative in English:

semi-conservative

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adjective

Biochemistry
  • Relating to or denoting replication of a nucleic acid in which one complete strand of each double helix is directly derived from the parent molecule.
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    • In contrast to the semi-conservative process of DNA replication where both strands are synthesized simultaneously, only one strand of the DNA is copied during RNA transcription.
    • The ends of the invading strands serve as primers for semi-conservative repair synthesis (mostly short tracks of a few kilobases) so that one newly synthesized strand is present in each of the donor and recipient.

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