base pair

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base pair

[′bās ‚per]
(cell and molecular biology)
Two nitrogenous bases, one purine and one pyrimidine, that pair in double-stranded deoxyribonucleic acid.
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iii) Induction of a generalized Interferon response can produce significant side-effects and may occur with certain sequences when the double stranded RNA is between 25-30 nucleotide pairs long and most often when it is greater than 30 nucleotide pairs.
Three-and-a-half billion of these nucleotide pairs make up the human genome.
Three and a half billion of these nucleotide pairs make up the human genome.
Only 36 years after scientists discovered the structure of DNA, molecular biologists now seek the exact sequence of all 3 billion nucleotide pairs that together encode every inherited human trait.

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