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DNA and RNA Analysis

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1) Compare and contrast DNA and RNA
2) Discuss why humans not evolve with one central repository of DNA rather than having it replicated throughout the body?

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1) Compare and contrast DNA and RNA
DNA and RNA are molecules specifically designed to store and transmit genetic information. Their structure has been largely preserved throughout the different kingdoms of living things. In terms of structure, both DNA and RNA are composed of polymers of ribose sugars, nucleic acids, and phosphate groups. The difference lies in the oxygenation of side chains in the ribose groups and the types of nucleic acids incorporated into their structures. The types of tertiary structures formed by these molecules also differ. The fact that the structure of DNA and RNA has been conserved through all of life ...

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