• Stability of the molecule is important as it has to last for the lifetime of the cell. It is also able to be stored compactly through supercoiling which means a vast amount of the molecule can be stored all within one cell. Base pairing is extremely important. It allows the transfer of genetic information to take place remarkably efficiently through the synthesis of new DNA or to RNA molecules which then go on to make the all important proteins. The phsyical structure of DNA (i.e the double helix and the grooves that it creates) is configured in such a way that allows very important and specific interactions with particular proteins and enzymes such as histones, RNA polymerases, DNA polymerases and many more. Due to the way the two strands of DNA bind together (in opposite directions, relative to each other) allows for more genomic information to be stored than if the molecule ran in a single direction.

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