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This page, as it appeared on August 20, 2011, was featured in this article in the journal Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education.

The double-helical structure of B-DNA, shown as ball-and-stick (colored by element C H O N P) with the helical conformation of the sugar-phosphate shown as orange ribbon, and the planes of the nucleobases (drag down in the viewer to see them) in orange as well.

Drag the structure with the mouse to rotate

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Interpretation of X-Ray Diffraction by DNA


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Adithya Sagar, Eran Hodis, Ala Jelani, Eric Martz, Wayne Decatur, Alexander Berchansky, Karl Oberholser, Karsten Theis, Joel L. Sussman, Ann Taylor, David Canner, Angel Herraez, Joseph M. Steinberger, Frédéric Dardel

DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.14576/100853.1391042 (?)
Citation: Jelani A, Hodis E, Martz E, Sussman J L, Sagar A, Decatur W, Canner D, Herraez A, Dardel F, Oberholser K, Steinberger J M, 2012, "DNA", Proteopedia, DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.14576/100853.1391042
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