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Any from a set of copies or repetitions, especially of a laboratory or research procedure.


To make an exact copy; to duplicate; to reproduce


(1) (method) Pertaining to a method or procedure in experiments duplicated or repeated to test a set of conditions and lower (or avoid) the error in results

(2) (botany) Folded or bent back on itself, as in a leaf


In genetics, to replicate means to reproduce an exact copy of the genetic material prior to mitosis (or meiosis) in eukaryotic cells. In prokaryotic cells, it is the means by which genetic materials are produced for reproduction.

In scientific experiments, a replicate pertains to a copy or a representative from a group to undergo the same (exact) procedure. For instance, the treatment group would consist of three replicates (called triplicates) to test for the deviation of the results.

Word origin: Latin replicatus, past participle of replicare (to fold or bend back)

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... lose mass as individual viruses lost their ability to infect throughout the course of time and break down. So, they still need to infect a host to replicate and they then harvest what has been produced to replenish the lost bulk. Hope that clarifies what I mean and thank you very much for the reply! ...

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by Tenebrae
Wed Nov 26, 2014 9:13 pm
Forum: Microbiology
Topic: Virus Questions [Science Fiction]
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Views: 1556

Re: What happens if you convert your DNA into RNA and...

... it) the potential cancer cells without telomerase can be killed easily and a lot faster than with the telomerase enzym, because they start to replicate without degenarating.

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by Accelerator
Sun Oct 19, 2014 9:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What happens if you convert your DNA into RNA and...
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If DNA residing in the cell is loosly packed DNA called chromatin, and if in the Interphase the chromatin replicates to prepare for mitosis, then it must be that when the chromatin replicated there were only 23 modules of DNA in the cell for it to replicate. Is that correct? ...

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by Hannamerika
Thu Sep 04, 2014 9:12 am
Forum: Genetics
Topic: Chromatin
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Views: 4270

No "beginning-replication problem" on leading strand?

Whenever I read why we have telomers, the answer is always so that we can replicate the end of the lagging strand. This is because the extreme end have a RNA primer to make the last Okazaki fragment, and after the removal of this primer it needs to somehow be ...

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by poobear
Fri Apr 11, 2014 9:40 pm
Forum: Molecular Biology
Topic: No "beginning-replication problem" on leading strand?
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Views: 1933

Living or not? (viruses,viroids and prions).

... which does not exhibit any form of life but once introduced to the human system they tend to use the cells nucleic acids and other conditions to replicate and multiplier thereby attaining the status of being called a living organism

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by Frederic
Tue Sep 17, 2013 3:06 pm
Forum: Microbiology
Topic: Living or not? (viruses,viroids and prions).
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