Explore BrainMass
Share

Explore BrainMass

    molecular biology problem that enables you to convert daltons

    This content was COPIED from BrainMass.com - View the original, and get the already-completed solution here!

    Assume that the DNA of a certain bacteriophage contains 2 x 105 base pairs. How many genes does this number of base pairs correspond to? (The average protein is about 40,000 daltons)

    © BrainMass Inc. brainmass.com October 9, 2019, 3:33 pm ad1c9bdddf
    https://brainmass.com/biology/genetics/molecular-biology-problem-enables-convert-daltons-6892

    Solution Preview

    First, you need to know that the molecular masses of amino acids may vary, but they average 100 daltons. That means that the average protein contains 40,000/100=400 amino acids. Since each amino acid is encoded by three base pairs of DNA (three nucleotides), the protein ...

    Solution Summary

    The expert assumes that the DNA of a certain bacteriophage contains base pairs. How many genes which this number of base pairs corresponds to is determined.

    $2.19