Sections of single-stranded DNA
which have sequences that are palindrome
s, or which read the same both backwards and forwards, that may base pair
with each other instead of with the correct sections of the other strand during renaturation into double-stranded DNA. This can lead to genetic
errors and mutation
From the BioTech Dictionary at http://biotech.icmb.utexas.edu/. For further information see the BioTech homenode.