Nucleic Acids and Amino Acids - AMA Manual of Style

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Nucleic Acids and Amino Acids 


Harriet S. Meyer

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Standards for molecular nomenclature are set jointly by the International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (IUBMB) and the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC). The recommendations in this section are based on conventions put forth by the IUBMB-IUPAC Joint Commission on Biochemical Nomenclature and the Nomenclature Committee of the IUBMB., The nucleic acids DNA and RNA are nucleotide polymers. Deoxyribonucleic acid, or DNA, is the embodiment of the genetic code and is contained in the chromosomes of higher organisms. It is made up of (1) molecules called bases, (2) the sugar 2-deoxyribose, and (3) phosphate groups. The

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