DNA helix and gene

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DNA helix and gene

Post by Fearnot » Sat Aug 17, 2013 10:30 am

Do the two strands of DNA helix carry the same genetic information?
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Post by Cat » Sun Aug 18, 2013 4:36 pm

Yes and no, they do not. They are complementary to each other, so one gene sequence can be found on one strand and the second gene sequence on another (read in the opposite direction). However, both strands are required for transcription to mRNA since it's the complement strand that is used as template for it...

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Post by JackBean » Mon Aug 19, 2013 12:57 pm

that depends on what you mean by the same genetic information

Cis or trans? That's what matters.

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