DNA: a base or an acid?

Yersinia yersinia at GATE.CYBERNEX.NET
Sat Oct 26 10:27:31 EST 1996

I would like to respond to the following exchange:


ME>I wonder why in the name of DNA, deoksiribonucleic acid, is the acid
ME>part, because the DNA molecule has mostly base-parts on it?


DNA is deoxyribonucleic acid, not deoksiribonucleic acid.


I was taught that the acid in nucleic acids (this means RNA as well as 
DNA) is from the negatively charged phosphate groups in the 
sugar-phosphate backbone of the molecule.


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