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DNA Chemical Instability

  1. Hendrik Poinar

Published Online: 22 MAR 2002

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0000838

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How to Cite

Poinar, H. 2002. DNA Chemical Instability. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 22 MAR 2002

Abstract

DNA is a relatively unstable molecule that undergoes hydrolytic, oxidative and nonenzymatic degradation. Its instability places limitations on its survival in the geosphere yet enables its rapid repair and turnover in our cells.

Keywords:

  • DNA damage;
  • repair;
  • ancient DNA