layman questions

Mr. P.F. Linehan plinehan at hgmp.mrc.ac.uk
Mon Jun 17 07:31:29 EST 1996


In article <4q3g32$62n at grissom.powerup.com.au> immortal at powerup.com.au writes:
>if someone could answer these questions it would be appreciated
>
>1.is a persons genetic blueprint in every cell of the body ??

As a general rule yes. Red blood cells are the obvious exception.
They start out with nuclei but these are expelled as the rbc
matures.



>2.if this is so does it include hair nails saliva blood (outside of the 
>body)

Nails, AFIK are deposits of keratin, so one would not expect to 
find DNA "in" nails. On the surface of nails and underneath
there is certainly DNA (scratching &c) belonging to the 
individual. 


>3again if this is so does the blue print remain and for how long ?

Life generally (except for rbc's).

Paul...



>charles




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