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BIOL 120 Genetics- DNA Notes

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BIOL 120 Genetics- DNA Notes BIOL 120

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These notes cover DNA in the Genetics Unit
Principles of Biology
Christa. Partain
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Date Created: 01/27/16
Hierarchy of genetic information Traits: an inherited characteristic controlled by genes found on DNA Chromosomes Structural unit containing part or all of an organisms genome consisting of DNA and its associated proteins Pairs • One of the pair is inherited from dad and one from mom, in sexually reproducing organisms. • These pairs are called homologous pairs. Karyotype • A pictorial arrangement of a full set of an organism’s chromosomes. • In humans, there are 22 pairs of autosomes and 1 pair of sex chromosomes Chromatids • One of the two identical strands of chromatin or half of a replicated chromosome. Genes • A segment of a chromosome that carries specific information about a trait. • A gene contains information about anything your body needs • Sometimes genes carry mutations that cause disease or changes in traits. Genes • Instructions carried by DNA. The instructions are for building all of the proteins that cells require. DNA Deoxyribonucleic acid – the information molecule that is stored in the nucleus of eukaryotic cells and in the cytoplasm of prokaryotic cells. Composed of nucleotides Nucleotides have three parts: a phosphate a sugar (deoxyribose for DNA nucleotides) one of four bases: Adenine (A) Guanine (G)
 Thymine (T)
 Cytosine (C) DNA Structure Complementary Bases • There is a specific pattern of the bases that connect the two strands. • These are called complementary base pairs and are like the steps of a spiral staircase – A always bonds across from T – C always bonds across from G Complementary Bases • Because of this, if one strand of DNA is known, the other strand can be deciphered. • If we know that one strand of DNA has the sequence: A CGGC T A • The other side must be: TAGCCGT Sugar-phosphate
 backbone • The other parts of the nucleotides – the sugars & phosphates – are connected end to end to form a structure that is like the hand rail of a spiral staircase. • Just like your backbone, the sugar-phosphate backbone supports and gives shape to the DNA molecule. ▯ Chromosome • a long single molecule of DNA and associated proteins, • housed in the nucleus, • can carry hundreds of genes along its length • Each cell has a complete set of chromosomes. * All genes are present ▯ DNA
 Manages Information • DNA stores information • DNA duplicates information when needed • DNA transfers and decodes information when needed Proteins Synthesis Importance of Proteins • Life’s diversity can be traced to differences in the kinds and arrangements of protein molecules. • Proteins do the daily business of living, giving cells their shapes and unique abilities. • In our cells, proteins are the workforce; they get everything done. Proteins break down our food to release energy. Proteins organize the transport of useful chemicals between cells. Often, these useful chemicals are themselves proteins. • As well as doing things, proteins are the building blocks for most of your body. In the same way that a wall is made mostly of bricks, your body is made mostly of protein. ▯


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