Week 1 Assignment

Week 1 Assignment - BIS101 Assignment: Week 1 Chapter 1,...

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BIS101 Assignment: Week 1 Chapter 1, Problem 14: What is a gene? What are some of the problems with your definition? A gene is a segment of DNA that has a function, or supplies information. DNA is a molecule that is double-helical and composed of a string of nucleotides to form a nucleic acid ( d eoxyribo n ucleic a cid). A problem with this definition is that there are still several sections of DNA which this definition does not account for, such as the regulatory regions, that do not code for the protein, yet are necessary for the formation of the protein. Also, within a section of DNA there are introns, which do not code for proteins, yet are still considered to be part of the gene. Some other problems with this definition is that the known technology and research of today may not be correct regarding which genes apparently have or do not have a function. Some of the genes also may not necessarily be in a double-helical formation according to modern research. The fact that there is much more to learn about the purpose of each section of DNA make my
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