Nucleic Acid Structure and General Features

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I thought that the sugar component of RNA and DNA should be ribose since the Ribonucleic acid and deoxyribonucleic acid are named after ribose, but can the sugar component of RNA and DNA be any 5- carbon sugar?


No, it can't be any 5-carbon sugar. The sugar found in RNA is ribose, and the sugar found in DNA is deoxyribose. They are two different molecules, even though they are both 5-carbon sugars.

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