Definition of Northern blot

Northern blot: A technique in molecular biology, used mainly to separate and identify pieces of RNA.

Called a Northern blot only because it is similar to a Southern blot (which is named after its inventor, the British biologist M.E. Southern). There is also a Western blot.


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