VOCABULARY

replication
the process of making an exact copy of a DNA molecule
helicase
the enzyme that breaks the hydrogen bonds holding the two strands of DNA together, allowing the molecule to unzip for replication
DNA polymerase
enzyme that adds complementary nucleotides to the 3’ end of a DNA strand that is being replicated
semi-conservative
DNA replication is called semi-conservative because each daughter strand produced from replication is half of the original strand and half new
replication fork
a place on the DNA molecule where helicase unwinds and unzips the DNA molecule for replication; multiple replication forks speed up the replication process

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