why does EtBr stain also single strand RNA?

Rafael Maldonado rmaldonado at ua.es
Thu Mar 29 10:42:02 EST 2001

I think, not totally sure, that single strand nucleic acids at full do not
exist, even one strand can have in some way double helix regions, due to the
existence of short, random complementary regions in the same strand.

Stefi~ wrote:

> How can EtBr stain also single strand? Isn't it an intercalant agent? How
> can it stain also DNA and RNA single strand? Thx very much 2 every1.
> Stefano
> gifalone at tin.it
> http://web.tiscalinet.it/gifalone
> ICQ 110419911

Rafael Maldonado, Ph.D.
Division of Genetics
University of Alicante (Spain)

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