Unformatted text preview: direction (e.g. the 'ascending strand') and the others are heading the other (e.g. the 'descending strand'). For reasons of chemical nomenclature, the asymmetric termini of each strand are called the 5' and 3' ends (pronounced "five prime" and "three prime"). Nucleotide sequences are read by enzymes in the "5' to 3' direction". In a vertically oriented double helix, the 3' strand is said to be ascending while the 5' strand is said to be descending...
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- Spring '09
- DNA, strand, Double Stranded DNA