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Replication involves a period of time during which DNA is particularly susceptible to the introduction of mutations. If nucleotides can be incorporated into DNA at a rate of 20 nucleotides/second and the human genome contains 3 billion nucleotides, how long will replication take? How is this time reduced so that replication can take place in a few hours?

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ISBN: 9781305251052
Chapter 11, Problem 18QP
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Replication involves a period of time during which DNA is particularly susceptible to the introduction of mutations. If nucleotides can be incorporated into DNA at a rate of 20 nucleotides/second and the human genome contains 3 billion nucleotides, how long will replication take? How is this time reduced so that replication can take place in a few hours?

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To explain: The duration of the time that DNA replication will take if it has 3 billion nucleotides and rate of replication is 20 nucleotides per second.

Introduction: DNA replication is the process of formation of daughter strands of DNA from the original DNA strands. It follows a semi-conservative mode of replication.  Replication occurs during S-phase of the mitosis cycle.

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In DNA replication, nucleotides are added to the newly formed strand by the enzyme DNA polymerase. The two strands of the original DNA acts as a template strand and replic...

Summary Introduction

To explain: The way in which the time of DNA replication of 3 billion nucleotides can be reduced to a few hours.

Introduction: DNA replication is the process of formation of daughter strands of DNA from the original DNA strands. It follows a semi-conservative mode of replication.  Replication occurs during S-phase of the mitosis cycle.

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