5. DNA as a Data Storage Medium

  1. Stephen R. Bolsover1,
  2. Jeremy S. Hyams2,
  3. Elizabeth A. Shephard3,
  4. Hugh A. White3 and
  5. Claudia G. Wiedemann1

Published Online: 27 JAN 2004

DOI: 10.1002/047146158X.ch5

Cell Biology: A Short Course, Second Edition

Cell Biology: A Short Course, Second Edition

How to Cite

Bolsover, S. R., Hyams, J. S., Shephard, E. A., White, H. A. and Wiedemann, C. G. (2003) DNA as a Data Storage Medium, in Cell Biology: A Short Course, Second Edition, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/047146158X.ch5

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Physiology, University College, London, UK

  2. 2

    Department of Biology, University College, London, UK

  3. 3

    Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University College, London, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 27 JAN 2004
  2. Published Print: 14 NOV 2003

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780471263937

Online ISBN: 9780471461586

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Keywords:

  • DNA replication;
  • DNA polymerase;
  • DNA repair;
  • intron;
  • exon;
  • extragenic DNA;
  • gene nomenclature;
  • genome project

Summary

In this chapter we describe how DNA is replicated and the processes by which it can be repaired during and after replication. The complexity of eukaryotic genes, with their introns and exons, is introduced. Higher eukaryotic genomes contain much DNA that does not code for genes and which has no clearly understood function. Genome projects are tabulating the base sequence of an increasing number of species.