DNA polymerase III can synthesize new DNA at a rate of 1000 bases per second. The genome of Escherichia coli is about 4,600,000 base pairs in length. How long should it take to replicate the E. coli genome? E. coli is known to divide in about 20 minutes. Given your previous answer, how can E. coli do this?

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DNA polymerase III can synthesize new DNA at a rate of 1000 bases per second. The genome of Escherichia coli is about 4,600,000 base pairs in length. How long should it take to replicate the E. coli genome? E. coli is known to divide in about 20 minutes. Given your previous answer, how can E. coli do this?

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Given: The genome of Escherichia coli is about 4,600,000 base pairs in length and the rate at which it replicates is 1000 bases per second.

So, the 4,600,000 base pa...

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