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Nucleic Acids as Genetic Material

  1. Burke H Judd

Published Online: 19 APR 2001

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0000807



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Judd, B. H. 2001. Nucleic Acids as Genetic Material. eLS. .

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  1. Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 19 APR 2001


Nucleic acids are long linear or circular macromolecules, either DNA or various types of RNA, that are composed of linked nucleotides. These molecules carry genetic information that directs all cellular functions.


  • chromatin;
  • DNA;
  • RNA;
  • histones;
  • prions