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Genetic material

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noun

The genetic material of a cell or an organism refers to those materials found in the nucleus, mitochondria and cytoplasm, which play a fundamental role in determining the structure and nature of cell substances, and capable of self-propagating and variation.


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The genetic material of a cell can be a gene, a part of a gene, a group of genes, a DNA molecule, a fragment of DNA, a group of DNA molecules, or the entire genome of an organism.


See also: gene, chromosome, genotype


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why only four bases

why has nature selected only four bases to make the genetic material. why not more or less than that.

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by jannat
Sun Sep 28, 2014 6:22 am
 
Forum: Molecular Biology
Topic: why only four bases
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Gateway technology

... and expression vectors based on the property of phages to recombine its genetic material with bacterias. However, why do I need to perform the BP reaction, if I want to obtain ...

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by miibay
Tue Aug 19, 2014 10:47 pm
 
Forum: Molecular Biology
Topic: Gateway technology
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Meiosis prophase I crossover

“Chromosomal crossover (or crossing over) is the exchange of genetic material between homologous chromosomes that results in recombinant chromosomes.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chromosomal_crossover ...

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by gs99
Fri Mar 07, 2014 9:23 pm
 
Forum: Molecular Biology
Topic: Meiosis prophase I crossover
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Re:

... late reproduction by lowering the chance of passing on damaged genetic material is not an adequate answer; because from the perspective of the individual, passing ...

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by badgertoes
Sat Dec 28, 2013 9:01 am
 
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Living or not? (viruses,viroids and prions).

... taking over the remaining functions once performed by its host's genetic material. This would explain the origin of DNA, which would distinguish the virus from its ...

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by Sumanth001
Sun Dec 08, 2013 12:37 pm
 
Forum: Microbiology
Topic: Living or not? (viruses,viroids and prions).
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