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Thermophilic Bacteria

Gilbert Douglas gfdouglas at earthlink.net
Mon Nov 2 18:45:55 EST 1998

I have learned in my Sophomore biology class that one characteristic
significant to Thermophilic bacteria is the presence of a "Taq" enzyme.  My
question is, what reaction does this enzyme catalyze in these bacteria and
why is this enzyme uniquely needed in the PCR?

I would appreciate any help

gilbert douglas

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