DNA (did not attend): In the UK, DNA is an abbreviation for “did not attend.” (In the US, the term used for a patient who missed an appointment is “no-show.”)
- DNA (figurative)
DNA (figurative): The essence or master blueprint of something. Since DNA became widely known to be the genetic material of humans and many other organisms, the term DNA has moved into the popular domaine as a figurative synonym for the basic blueprint, as in “the DNA of top achievers.”
- DNA amplification
DNA amplification: The production of multiple copies of a sequence of DNA. Repeated copying of a piece of DNA. DNA amplification plays a role in cancer cells. A tumor cell amplifies, or copies, DNA segments as a result of cell signals and sometimes environmental events. Amplification can occur in vivo (in the living individual) or […]
- DNA assembly
DNA assembly: The process of putting fragments of DNA that have been sequenced into their correct chromosomal positions. The pieces of DNA are assembled to reconstitute the sequence of the chromosome from which they came.
- DNA cloning
DNA cloning: The use of DNA manipulation procedures to produce multiple copies of a single gene or segment of DNA.
- DNA forensics
DNA forensics: The application of DNA technology and the knowledge of DNA genetics to the practice of forensic medicine and to the power of legal medicine. Crime scene investigation has been markedly changed — some would say revolutionized — by the advent of DNA forensics. This has led to the invention of devices for DNA […]