polymerase chain reaction

Formal Definition

A molecular biology technique used to make multiple copies of a segment of DNA. PCR is very precise and can be used to amplify, or copy, a specific DNA target from a mixture of DNA molecules6. It is based on the natural process of DNA replication.

Guidance Document on Good In Vitro Method Practices (GIVIMP)
  • Abbreviation(s): PCR
  • Categories: Biology