DNA Structure and Replication

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Why is DNA polymerase I DNA-dependent? its function is associated to the RNA on the new strand, right? or does that term refer to the DNA template that the polymerase must complementary base-pair to?


Removal of primers is a separate activity from synthesis, and synthesis depends on a template. So your second comment is the correct one -- DNA polymerases are DNA-dependent because they use the information in a molecule of DNA to determine what base should be added next in the chain.

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