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What does semiconservative replication refer to?

What does semiconservative replication refer to?

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This question is part of Microbiology Midterm Review
Asked by Tgerdel, Last updated: Mar 30, 2020

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Jason B. Elster

Jason B. Elster

Answered Apr 20, 2018

Semiconservative replication refers to the mechanism by which DNA is replicated in all known cells. It produces two copies that each containone of the original strands and a new strand. This process creates enough genetic information to divide among two cells when cell division occurs. It begins when DNA consisting of two strands of complementary genetic information separates. Once separation is accomplished, complements to each old strand of DNA form and take the place of the sides that are missing.

It takes place during the stage of the cell life cycle called S phase. In the S phase, the cell goes through growth that makes the proteins able to perform replication. Once the DNA is replicated, the cell goes through another growth phase before it begins division. Division of the cells occurs during mitosis. Once it goes through mitosis, the process starts again.

 

John Smith

John Smith

Answered Apr 11, 2017

An original parent DNA strand and one newly synthesized DNA strand comprising a new DNA molecule.
 

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