Chapter 2.1

Nucleic Acid Biochemistry Objectives and Resources

This section introduces the basic structures of nucleic acids and includes a discussion of chromosomes, genes, bases, sugars, base pairing, histones, nonhistones, and chromatin. (34 slides)


  • Discuss the structure and chemistry of DNA, RNA, their components and respective functions
  • Discuss difference between DNA and RNA; nucleotide and nucleoside; purine and pyrimidine; genotype and phenotype; haploid, diploid, euploid and aneuploid; heterochromatin and euchromatin
  • Describe features of the various forms of DNA structure – Tour the Basics

Readings:  MD, Chapter 1