Unformatted text preview: reductionist approach. reductionist Based on their degradation Based degradation studies, the organic chemists considered nucleic acids to be simple macromolecules. Nucleic Acids Are Composed of Nucleic Purines and Pyrimidines
When nucleic acids were hydrolyzed, they were hydrolyzed broken down into their component parts which turned out to be the purines, adenine and purines adenine guanine as well as a guanine new class of compounds known as pyrimidines, pyrimidines, cytosine, thymine and uracil. Emergent Properties
The organic chemists made The outstanding contributions to understanding the components of nucleic acids. However, they lost sight of the However, fact that the parent molecule was a macromolecule, and macromolecule may have a level of complexity that was greater than the complexity of its component parts. That is, they did not have the That prepared minds to realize that prepared the parent molecule may have emergent properties. emergent Limits to the Reductionist Perspective of Limits Chemists
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