Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A nucleic acid that carries the genetic information in the cell and is capable of self-replication and synthesis of RNA. DNA consists of two long chains of nucleotides twisted into a double helix and joined by hydrogen bonds between the complementary bases adenine and thymine or cytosine and guanine. The sequence of nucleotides determines individual hereditary characteristics.

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  • n. A substance in living beings which determines their form, and can be used to uniquely identify a person.
  • n. A biopolymer of deoxyribonucleic acids (a type of nucleic acid) that has four different chemical groups, called bases: adenine, guanine, cytosine, and thymine.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. abbreviation for deoxyribonucleic acid; -- more commonly used than the full name. See also RNA.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (biochemistry) a long linear polymer found in the nucleus of a cell and formed from nucleotides and shaped like a double helix; associated with the transmission of genetic information

Etymologies

d(eoxyribo)n(ucleic) a(cid).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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  • The matter of information storage in DNA is not explained by a chemical association existing among a subset of amino acids.

    Are Stereochemical Explanations Causally Sufficient?

  • Stephen Meyer argues that the evidence of symbolic coding within DNA is consistent with the only observed causal source known to give rise to it i.e. conscious intelligence.

    After thoughts on Barr

  • In his book The Making of the Fittest, Sean Carroll writes “the degree of similarity in DNA is an index of the [evolutionary] relatedness of species.”

    Cornelius Hunter accuses Behe of Circular Reasoning

  • As Zach points out, coding in DNA is a chemical reaction too.

    Abusing Science

  • Perhaps our present and hopefully fleeting inability to quantify Information contained in DNA is due to our lack of thinking in multiple dimensions.

    3….2….1….

  • Using this definition, the amount of information in DNA is independant of what it codes for, or even whether it codes for something at all.

    Assessing Causality

  • My explanation for the appearance of design in DNA is the classic evolutionary one.

    A Useless Critic

  • UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Before the break, we asked what does the term DNA stand for?

    CNN Transcript May 14, 2005

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