eli5 why rna primer is used in DNA replication instead of DNA primers?

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eli5 why rna primer is used in DNA replication instead of DNA primers?

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DNA polymerase can only add onto a 3’ OH (which is what a primer provides). But RNA polymerase doesn’t need a 3’OH and so doesn’t need a primer.

So your cells cant use DNA primers because they would need a primer to prime the primer.