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Why do you think nucleic acids were originally not considered to be carriers of genetic information?

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To explain: The reasons that nucleic acids were not originally considered to be carriers of genetic information.

Introduction: The famous chemist Friedrich Miescher obtained nuclein and analyzed its chemical structure early in the 1860s. After many years of research, he found out that the nuclein he has obtained contains DNA. Scientists at that point of time were not sure that which substance contains genetic information.

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During the twentieth century, scientists have shown that chromosome contains genetic information. Chromosomes contain nucleic acid and protein. The protein contains different (20) subunits in the form of amino acids which is attributed to its complex structure. Hence, the structure of proteins was complex in nature...

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