DNA: a base or an acid?

Harold Rees hrees at mail2.sas.upenn.edu
Wed Oct 9 10:37:21 EST 1996

Miiko Sokka (meeco at sci.fi) wrote:
: I wonder why in the name of DNA, deoksiribonucleic acid, is the acid 
: part, because the DNA molecule has mostly base-parts on it?

It is an acid because of the phosphate groups on the sugar-phosphate 
backbone.  The bases in DNA are weak compared to the negatively charged 
phosphate groups.

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