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Dictionary of Cancer Terms

View in Spanish: Reacción en cadena de la polimerasa

Polymerase chain reaction (puh-LIM-eh-rays chayn ree-AK-shun)
A laboratory method used to make many copies of a specific DNA sequence. Also called PCR.

Source: National Cancer Institute Dictionary of Cancer Terms, available at www.cancer.gov/dictionary.