Base pair

What is Base pair?

Base pair meaning Two nitrogen-containing bases pair together between double-stranded DNA; only specific combinations of these bases (e.g., adenine with thymine; guanine with cytosine) are possible, a fact which facilitates accurate DNA replication; when quantified (e.g., 8 base pairs, or bp), this term refers to the actual number of base pairs in a sequence of nucleotides. For more information, see http://www.genome.gov/Glossary/index.cfm?id=16

 

reference: national Cancer Institute – Glossary for Registrars

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