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W
Tryptophan.
weak bond
In reference to double-stranded nucleic acids (e.g., codon-anticodon interactions), the two hydrogen bonds between A and T or between A and U. Confers reduced thermal stability and low melting temperatures.
weighted sums of pairs (WSP)
A mathematical method for scoring multiple sequence alignments.
wild type
The most prevalent allele at a locus in a population, if such an allele exists.
wobble pairing
The ability of some tRNAs to recognize more than one codon by nonstandard pairing between the first anticodon position and the third codon position (e.g., U in the anticodon with G in the codon).