I am sorry to bother with this question (i study genetics for about few hours, because I need to understand my data) and I am really confused about these two terms, because I dont know if the books uses word "reverse" interchengeably or what is going on here.
The main problem I am totally confused about are words reverse complementarity and complementarity of two DNA strands. Since I know that strands runs in antiparallel directions and two DNA strands are complementary to each other: i.e. sequence ACTCTG is complementary to TGAGAC and vice versa.
But my question is: are two DNA strands reverse complementary to each other? Because at least in two books I have read that two strands of DNA are. But if I would apply it to my previous example and use reversion, then no way I can get to my other strand. Is the word reverse in this context use as antiparalel (5' - 3' and 3' - 5') or am I missing something and it's true that if I take the whole DNA strand, I can use complement and reverse it and it will be my other strand?
Again I am sorry to ask this really basic question, but I am so confused about this terms. Nice day to all and thanks if someone will have time to answer my question.