(NAC, a minus enzyme control) In mRNA analysis, NAC is a mock reverse transcription containing all the RT-PCR reagents, except the reverse transcriptase. If cDNA or genomic DNA is used as a template, a reaction mixture lacking Taq polymerase can be included in the assay as NAC. No product should be synthesized in the NTC or NAC. If the absolute fluorescence of the NAC is greater than that of the NTC after PCR, fluorescent contaminants may be present in the sample or in the heating block of the thermal cycler.