complementary DNA (cDNA)

https://doi.org/10.1351/goldbook.C01202
A single-stranded @D01597@ molecule with a @N04255@ @ST06775@ that is complementary to an @R05386@ molecule; cDNA is formed by the action of the @E02159@ reverse transcriptase on an RNA @T06269@. After conversion to the double-stranded form, cDNA is used for molecular cloning or for @H02874@ studies.
Source:
PAC, 1992, 64, 143. (Glossary for chemists of terms used in biotechnology (IUPAC Recommendations 1992)) on page 150 [Terms] [Paper]