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What is the full name of DNA?

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The full scientific name for DNA is deoxyribonucleic acid. Passed from adult organisms to their offspring, it contains the genetic instructions for the design of that organism. 

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What is the full name of DNA?
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DNA stores genetic information in one of four chemical bases that pair up with each other. The order of the pairs is what makes each person's DNA unique. Found inside the cell nucleus, very small portions of DNA are packaged into individual chromosomes. Human babies receive exactly half of their DNA from their mother and half from the father, creating a new, unique, person.

First observed in the 1800s by Swiss Biochemist Frederich Miescher, it took scientists nearly a century to discover the importance of DNA in life. Visual representations of DNA take the form of a double helix model, which resembles a ladder. Each rung of the ladder is made up a base pair. The bases pair in a very specific pattern, with adenine always pairing with thymine and cytosine always pairing with guanine. The predictability of these pairings has made it easier for scientists to understand how DNA works. During cell division, the base pairs split up, with each base connecting with a different counterpart, which leads to the formation of new cells.

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    How are DNA and RNA similar?

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    Both DNA and RNA are macromolecules that consist of long chains of nucleotides. Both contain the specific nucleotide bases adenine, guanine and cytosine, although the fourth base differs between DNA and RNA. Both molecules are found in the cell's nucleus, but RNA may also be found in the cytoplasm.

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    What are the purine bases of DNA?

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    Adenine and guanine are the two purine bases of deoxyribonucleic acid. In a nucleotide, the purine base is attached to a sugar, deoxyribose, and a phosphate group. Deoxyribonucleotides are joined through phosphodiester bonds to make the polynucleotide DNA.

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    What type of bond is found between the bases in a DNA molecule?

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    The type of bond found between the nucleobases in a deoxyribonucleic acid, or DNA, molecule is a hydrogen bond. The four nitrogenous bases present in DNA include cytosine (C), guanine (G), adenine (A) and thymine (T).

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    What are the uses of DNA?

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    DNA, or deoxyribonucleic acid, is used in the human body in order for an organism to reproduce, develop and survive as well as in science for genetic engineering, forensics, bioinformatics, evolutionary history and information storage. A human's DNA code contains about 3 billion bases and 20,000 genes in 23 pairs of chromosomes.

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