PCR: Reagents Used in Polymerase Chain Reaction

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Which of the following statements BEST explains a polymerase chain reaction?

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1. Which of the following are appropriate reagents to add to a human DNA template and PCR buffer to complete the PCR reaction?

2. Why is Taq polymerase used in PCR reactions instead of human polymerase?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and printable worksheet will assess what you've learned about the reagents used in polymerase chain reactions for DNA sequencing. It will ask questions about key terms and necessary ingredients in a polymerase chain reaction, among other topics.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In this assessment, you will:

  • Determine which statements are true regarding Taq polymerase and PCR template DNA
  • Explain what PCR stands for
  • Identify a reagent that can be added to complete a PCR reaction
  • Define 'PCR primer'

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet help improve the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on polymerase chain reactions
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as PCR and PCR primer
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding polymerase chain reactions in DNA sequencing

Additional Learning

See the accompanying lesson, PCR: Reagents Used in Polymerase Chain Reaction, for more information. It covers the following:

  • Why PCR is used
  • Nucleotides
  • Where the name 'Taq' comes from
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