Why RNA and DNA Have Different Structures

Part of the Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology book series (HEP, volume 173)


In the early years of molecular biology—over 50 years ago—we were faced with many unknowns. A significant one at the time was the relationship between DNA and RNA, both in terms of structure and function. Function is often a reflection of structure. Here I outline some of the early research in this area, especially for RNA structure, which was completely unknown when we started.


RNA DNA Double helix X-ray structure 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Rich
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  1. 1.Department of BiologyMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridgeUSA

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