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Invention of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) technology for amplifying DNA

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Invention of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) technology for amplifying DNA

Conceived in 1983 by Kary Mullis, the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) is a relatively simple and inexpensive technology used to amplify or make billions of copies of a segment of DNA. One of the most important scientific advances in molecular biology, PCR amplification is used every day to diagnose diseases, identify bacteria and viruses, and match criminals to crime scenes. PCR revolutionized the study of DNA to such an extent that Dr. Mullis was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1993.
1983