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sticky end

noun, Genetics, Biotechnology
a single-stranded end of DNA or RNA having a nucleotide base sequence complementary to that of another strand, enabling the two strands to be connected by base pairing: produced in the laboratory with the use of restriction enzymes for genetic engineering purposes.
1970-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for sticky end
  • The second type of sticky end is similar to the first but less regular.
  • The fairy tale of a political original heads towards a sticky end commented.
  • Essentially, he has created a spaghetti noodle with a sticky end and a repellent end.
British Dictionary definitions for sticky end

sticky end

(informal) an unpleasant finish or death (esp in the phrase come to or meet a sticky end)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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