Question: Why is the Lagging Strand synthesized in a discontinuous fashion?
- The lagging strand is complementary to the leading strand.
- DNA synthesis must occur in a 5' to 3' direction, which imposes spatial constraints on the synthesis of the lagging strand.
- All of these are reasons why the lagging strand is synthesized in a discontinuous fashion.
- The DNA polymerase enzyme that synthesizes the lagging strand can only synthesize short sequences of DNA before it falls off the template.
- The template of the lagging strand is discontinuous.