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Can someone explain semi-conservation of the DNA please? I am struggling to understand the content of it
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Can someone explain semi-conservation of the DNA please? I am struggling to understand the content of it
The parent DNA has two strands, each of these serves as a template for the synthesis of two new strands. The end result is you have two double helices, each with two strands. One of the strands is from the parent DNA and one has been synthesises de novo. Thus DNA replication is termed semi-conservative.
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Semi-conservative replication means that one strand in every replicated helix comes from an existing parental strand (the parental strand is therefore conserved) while the other strand (daughter) is synthesised to complement the parental strand.

The parental strand used in a particular replication event is called the template because it determines the sequence of the daughter strand. This is because the daughter strand has to complement the parental strand.
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Got it. Thank you
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