One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A complex organic substance present in living cells, especially DNA or RNA, whose molecules consist of many nucleotides linked in a long chain.
- ‘Proteins are polymers of amino acids, while nucleic acids are polymers of nucleotides.’
- ‘The order of amino acids in proteins is recorded in the genetic code housed in the nucleic acids, DNA and RNA.’
- ‘There are two types of nucleic acids, DNA and RNA, both of which are suitable for the transfer of information.’
- ‘The concentration of protein and nucleic acids in extracts and the molecular weight of DNA were subsequently determined.’
- ‘The cell uses a related nucleic acid called RNA (ribonucleic acid) to construct a working copy of that strand.’
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