AAMC FL1 B/B #57

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AAMC FL1 B/B #57

Post by mshah » Mon Dec 11, 2017 11:59 am

The experiment makes sense and I understand how to get the answer. But how do you know it is double-stranded DNA and not single-stranded DNA in the bacterium?
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Re: AAMC FL1 B/B #57

Post by NS_Tutor_Andrew » Wed Dec 13, 2017 2:00 pm

Hi mshah,

In general, all non-viral life will always have dsDNA as its genome -- viral genomes can be dsDNA, ssDNA, +/- sense ssRNA, and even dsRNA. The experiment they describe is known as the Meselson-Stahl experiment, and it's worth knowing, b/c it's an elegant, historically relevant, and MCAT-testable experiment that confirmed semiconservative replication.

Hope this is helpful!
Andrew D.
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