Anonymous asked in Science & MathematicsBiology · 3 weeks ago

Does DNA polymerase go from 5' to 3' or 3' to 5'?

I am confused because DNA polymerase reads from 3' to 5' along the leading strand from the RNA Primer but it also says synthesis proceeds from 5' to 3'.

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  • 3 weeks ago
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    DNA polymerase reads the template strand in its 3'-5' direction. The new DNA is synthesized antiparallel to the template and so is synthesized in its 5'-3' direction.

  • 3 weeks ago

    DNA polymerase adds a new nucleotide to the 3'-OH end of an existing strand.

    That's all I'm ever going to remember.

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