DNA the genetic material

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    • #6523
      rx8man88
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      Briefly describe the experiments which led to the knowledge that DNA is the genetic material.

      A link, or just an outline, or something.

    • #62371
      honeev
      Keymaster

      get an idea from this… http://library.thinkquest.org/20830/Tex … search.htm

    • #62404
      victor
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      Umm….I wanna ask something. I’ve done the nucleic acid extraction from fruits and one of the final step is the precipitation of nucleic acid by cold ethanol. Does anyone know the mechanism of this work of ethanol? Please give me a link or a hint…..

      What I could think is that ethanol may has an equal density as nucleic acid, so, it would precipitate the nucleic acid from other debris like protein which will get precipitated at the bottom of the reaction tube while nucleic acid is on the top of the solution. Is it true? or is there any other mechanism?

      Please help,
      Victor

    • #62473
      G-Do
      Participant

      Hi Victor,

      OT, but I always understood that we do this because DNA is insoluble in ethanol (DNA has a negatively charged phosphate backbone and ethanol is an organic solvent). So it has the effect of making the DNA come out of solution.

      Cheers.

    • #62491
      victor
      Participant

      Well, if ethanol is an organic solvent, then it must be a non-polar solvent and insoluble in water. But what we got from ethanol is that it’s soluble in water, thuus it’s not an organic solvent. is that right?

    • #62519
      zzp1029
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      The ethanol , precipitating DNA , is not actually pure ethanol. It includes a little water that can solven planty of salt from DNA. it benefit of extrction of more pure DNA, I thought.

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