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Watson and Crick wrote:"We wish to suggest a structure for the salt of deoxyribose nucleic acid (D.N.A.)."
As a non-scientific writer, when I ran across this quote I was a little confused. I know that DNA is an acid, I just can't figure out how salt got into the picture. Through Google searches, I tried to get answers to my questions about this quote, but have been largely unsuccessful. If anybody here would be kind enough to help out a scientific "outsider", I sure would be grateful.
Is it accurate to say that DNA is a salt, or is it more accurate to say that DNA contains/produces salt? Does salt, somehow, have an impact on the functioning of DNA?
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