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From wikipedia: In the replication process, RNAse H removes the RNA primer (created by Primase) from the lagging strand and then Polymerase I fills in the necessary nucleotides between the Okazaki fragments (see DNA replication) in 5' -> 3' direction... And elsewhere in the same article: Pol I possesses four enzymatic activities: A 5' -> 3' ...


Googling your question showed that it is RNAse H that removes the RNA primer. DNA Pol I has both 3'-5' as well as 5'-3' exonuclease activity for proofreading and nick repair activities, respectively. See the wiki on Pol I

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