DNA is what makes you. It is the blueprint for your body. Without DNA there would be no you. It is a molecule that carries the genetic instructions for the development and continued functioning of every single living organism and even some that aren’t actually living (viruses). DNA is in every single cell in your body. It tells those cells what proteins to make. Mostly those proteins are enzymes. The DNA in your cells was inherited from your parents which is why you share traits with them, like hair color. While DNA is definitely a good and necessary thing, it can be used for sinister ends. Viruses replicate themselves by making use of DNA and in doing so they infect organisms. So what does DNA look like? It has a double helix shape, which basically means it is twisted into a giant spiral ladder and each step on the ladder consists of a pair of nucleotides. When DNA is copied, mistakes are sometimes made and these mistakes are known as mutations. Don’t worry though, not all mutations are bad. Although sometimes the organism dies, some mutations are even good! Get ready to learn because these are 25 facts about DNA that will help you understand yourself!
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