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Nature. 2003 Jan 23;421(6921):444-8.

The digital code of DNA.

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Institute for Systems Biology, 4225 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, Washington 98105, USA. lhood@systemsbiology.org

Abstract

The discovery of the structure of DNA transformed biology profoundly, catalysing the sequencing of the human genome and engendering a new view of biology as an information science. Two features of DNA structure account for much of its remarkable impact on science: its digital nature and its complementarity, whereby one strand of the helix binds perfectly with its partner. DNA has two types of digital information--the genes that encode proteins, which are the molecular machines of life, and the gene regulatory networks that specify the behaviour of the genes.

PMID:
12540920
DOI:
10.1038/nature01410
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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