Length of Human DNA.

William Bains william at wbains.u-net.com
Tue Dec 2 11:53:29 EST 1997


> 
> The correct size of the human genome is 2.8 bilion base pairs (two
> nucleotides)
> 

Bases OR base pairs - as the double helix is ... double, you can count all
down one side (2.8 billion) or all down one side and up the other (2.8
billion pairs). 

Incidently, a more intuitive answer the the question 'what is the length
of human DNA' is 'slightly under one meter' (this assumes all the
chromosomes are linked end-to-end)



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