DNA Chemical Instability
Published Online: 22 MAR 2002
Copyright © 2001 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. All rights reserved.
How to Cite
Poinar, H. 2002. DNA Chemical Instability. eLS. .
- Published Online: 22 MAR 2002
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.
- DNA damage;
- ancient DNA