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1 DNA Deoxyribonucleic Acid Structure and Replication Higher BiologyDNADeoxyribonucleic AcidStructure and Replication
2 DNA and Genes A determines an organisms characteristics. Genes are found onChromosomes are found in the of all cells.Chromosomes are threadlike structures made fromgenechromosomesnucleiDNADNAnucleichromosomesgene
3 DNA StructureIn 1953 the structure of the DNA molecule was explained for the first time by two scientists in Cambridge- James Watson and Francis Crick.They showed that DNA:Consists of two strandsEach strand is made of repeating units (like monomers) called nucleotidesThe two strands are antiparallel (run in opposite directions)The two strands wrap around each other to form a double helix.
5 Nucleotides Nucleotide structure Insert and label the “nucleotide diagram”, from your pack, with the following:Nitrogenous or organic baseDeoxyribose sugarPhosphateThese structures are held together by strong chemical bonds.
6 Nucleotides In DNA there are 4 different organic bases. They are: AdenineThymineCytosineGuanine
7 NucleotidesIn DNA the bases ALWAYS bond (or pair) together according to the following ruleAdenine ThymineCytosine GuanineThe bonds that hold the complementary bases together are weak hydrogen bonds.Insert and complete the “Structure of DNA” diagram from your diagram pack.
8 Quick Questions What shape is the DNA molecule? What type of bonding holds the two DNA strands together?Name the three components of a nucleotide.Name the organic base which pairs with cytosine.Name the organic base which pairs with thymine.
9 Quick Questions What do the following symbols represent? P S A T G C phosphatesugaradeninethymineguaninecytosine
10 DNA ReplicationDuring cell division DNA must be replicated (or copied) so that each daughter cell carries an identical set of instructions to those in the parent cell.DNA is a unique molecule because it can copy itself exactly.The replication is described as semi-conservative because each of the 2 resulting DNA molecules is composed of one original (or conserved) and one new strand.
11 DNA ReplicationReplication of DNA is a fast but complex process that requires:A DNA templateSeveral enzymes including DNA polymerase (the enzyme which joins new nucleotides to the growing DNA strand)A supply of the 4 types of DNA nucleotidesA supply of ATP to provide energyWatch the DNA replication animation.
12 DNA Replication Briefly the stages in DNA replication are: The DNA molecule unwinds.The DNA molecule unzips (as the weak hydrogen bonds, between complementary bases, break).Free nucleotides align themselves with their complementary nucleotide on the open chain.
13 DNA ReplicationNew weak hydrogen bonds form between complementary bases (remember A-T, G-C).Adjacent new nucleotides are linked through the sugar and phosphate molecules by strong chemical bonds to form the “backbone” of the new strand.The new molecule winds up into a double helix.