Identifying new genetic material

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Curiosity Science Biology and Medicine Identifying new genetic material


  • If we have a group of cells (we are not sure if DNA is its genetic material) and we want to identify its genetic material by a strategy that has not been used before. What kind of strategy can do that?

  • On Earth, nucleic acids are what codes our genetics. DNA and RNA. For any extra-terrestrial non-carbon based genetic material, if we have to identify the genetic material by existing strategy, your objective will be to identify what subcellular element of the cell that is responsible for transformation. So the likely way to do that is by performing your own version of a transformation experiment based on the chemical nature of the targeted genetic material.

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