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Guide to the History and Nature of the Double Helix

Double Helix of DNA - Wikimedia Commons by Jerome WalkerWhen one speaks of the Double Helix, one speaks of DNA, deoxyribonucleic acid, the “thread of life.” DNA is not one chemical substance, but a class of substances related not simply to life, but to heredity, to identity. The beautiful twist of the double helix incorporates, not only a backbone of polymerized sugars and phosphate groups joined together by ester linkage like a spiral staircase, but also of the “stairs,” made up of organic base pairs of adenosine with thymine and guanine with cytosine. The unraveling of the structure of DNA’s double helix was not the endeavor of one individual, but took many sharp minds. Consider unfolding double helix developments with articles written by Bright Hub contributors.

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