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Taq Polymerase: Definition & Function

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Why is 'Taq' polymerase named 'Taq'?

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1. PCR is a method for ______.

2. Why is Taq polymerase so important to PCR?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The questions will test you on the terms related to taq polymerase. You will need to identify either the characteristics of the term or the definition of the term. Other questions will test you on the history of the subject.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This science quiz will test you on the following terms/definitions:

  • Taq polymerase
  • PCR
  • Enzymes
  • Thermus aquaticus
  • Famous scientist who first used taq polymerase

Skills Practiced

In these assessments you will practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related biology lesson
  • Making connections - use understanding of the functions of taq polymerase to answer questions
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding PCR and interpret is correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the definition and properties of taq polymerase

Additional Learning

You should also read the related lesson called Taq Polymerase: Definition & Function. This molecular biology lesson will cover the following topics associated with laboratory techniques:

  • Definition of PCR
  • The purpose of enzymes
  • Function of the taq polymerase
  • Where taq polymerase comes from
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