DNA

DNA

DNA or Deoxyribonucleic acid is a molecule that encodes genetic instructions used in the functioning of all known living organisms and many viruses. DNA was first found by the Swiss physician Friedrich Miescher in 1969, discovered a microscopic substance in the puss of discarded surgical bandages.

About DNA

Deoxyribonucleic acid is a nucleic acid containing the genetic instructions used in the development and functioning of all known living organisms (with the exception of RNA viruses). The DNA segments carrying this genetic information are called genes. Likewise, other DNA sequences have structural purposes, or are involved in regulating the use of this genetic information. Along with RNA and proteins, DNA is one of the three major macromolecules that are essential for all known forms of life. DNA consists of two long polymers of simple units called nucleotides, with backbones made of sugars and phosphate groups joined by ester bonds. These two strands run in opposite directions to each other and are therefore anti-parallel, one backbone being 3' (three prime) and the other 5' (five prime). This refers to the direction the 3rd and 5th carbon on the sugar molecule is facing.

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