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Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA)

One of two types of genetic material found in all living cells and many viruses. (The other type of genetic material is RNA.) Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) carries the genetic instructions for the development and function of an organism. DNA allows for the transmission of genetic information from one generation to the next.

Related Term(s): Ribonucleic Acid

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