Structural Biochemistry/Nucleic Acids

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Nucleic acids are polymers of nucleotides linked in a chain through phosphodiester bonds. In biological systems, they serve as information-carrying molecules or, in the case of some RNA molecules, catalysts. This brief review will focus on aspects of structure of particular importance in manipulating DNA.

Types of Nucleic acids[edit]

There are two types of nucleic acids:

  • Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA)
  • Ribonucleic acid (RNA)