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DNA Structure

  1. Richard P Bowater

Published Online: 27 JAN 2006

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0006002



How to Cite

Bowater, R. P. 2006. DNA Structure. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 27 JAN 2006

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Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) is a polymer of nucleotides. In the cell, DNA usually adopts a double-stranded helical form, with complementary base-pairing holding the two strands together. The most stable conformation is called B-form DNA, although other structures can occur under specific conditions.


  • deoxyribonucleic acid;
  • base pair;
  • gene;
  • double helix;
  • Watson–Crick