Nucleic Acid Structure and General Features

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Concerning the nomenclature of the nucleic acids ( DNA and RNA)... in order to refer to DNA or RNA all that is used is the sequence of their bases?


Yes. The only thing you would have to be given more information to interpret is a short sequence that has no thymines or uracils in it. Let's say for example, you're given a nucleic acid sequence that reads AGGCGCCAGGAC. If I didn't give you any additional information, could you tell me if this was RNA or DNA? No. Nucleotides are different, because ATP (adenosine triphosphate) is different than dATP (deoxyadenosine triphosphate).

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