Nucleic Acids: General Properties
Published Online: 28 MAY 2003
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Soukup, G. A. 2003. Nucleic Acids: General Properties. eLS. .
- Published Online: 28 MAY 2003
Nucleic acids are biological polymers generally composed of four different monomer units termed nucleotides. The unit length of one molecule can be as much as one billion nucleotides. Although the biological roles that nucleic acids fulfil are diverse, the structure and function of each molecule is elaborated from a common set of general properties.
- double helix;
- base pair;
- hydrogen bond