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Does DNA do anything other than serve as a repository for genetic information?
Posted on November 08, 2012 at 04:00 AM in Talmudic Questions, Teachers Corner | Permalink
I haven't started to look this up yet, but what role does DNA (or RNAs) have in pH balance in the cell and as a sink for ions? All those phosphate groups must have a significant buffering capacity on a microscale. At this year's Canadian society of microbiology meeting, there was an excellent talk about the chelating ability of DNA; implicated in its effectiveness as NETs (the previously mentioned neutrophilic extracellular DNA). Could cells be balancing out their salts with their DNA?
Mike jones |
November 08, 2012 at 06:34 PM
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