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Name: Dana
Status: Student
Age: 14
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Date: December 2004


Question:
1.In which direction is the DNA molecule spiralled?
2. How many bases are included in each twist of the DNA molecule?



Replies:
Actually, DNA can form two right-handed helix shapes (called A and B) and one left-handed helix shape (called Z). In cells, the B-form is the most common. It is a right-handed helix that has approximately 10 bases per turn of the helix.

Christopher Perkins


The DNA molecule is more specifically called a helix which is a spiral with a constant diameter. It is a right handed helix which means the helix rotates in a clockwise direction as it moves away from your eye. There are exactly 10 base pairs for each turn of the helix. For examples of left handed helices that were printed by mistake, go to

www.lecb.ncifcrf.gov/~toms/Leftwhole.html

Ron Baker, Ph.D.


The DNA is double stranded. One strand spirals one way and the other strand spirals the opposite way. The strands are said to be antiparallel. There are 10 bases in each turn of the helix.

vanhoeck



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