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reversal of the normal pattern of transcription (from DNA to RNA); the effective means is the viral enzyme reverse transcriptase.
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The process by which DNA is synthesized from an RNA template by means of the enzyme reverse transcriptase.
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reverse transcriptionthe process of synthesizing complementary DNA from an RNA TEMPLATE, by the ENZYME REVERSE TRANSCRIPTASE. A PRIMER is required for enzyme activity. The process tends to be error-prone, because there is no EDITING of the newly synthesized DNA and therefore MUTATIONS can accumulate. Reverse transcription is a reversal of the normal flow of genetic information from DNA to RNA.see CENTRAL DOGMA.
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