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The DNA of Caenorhabditis Elegans

The DNA of Caenorhabditis Elegans

J E Sulston et al. Genetics.


Chemical analysis and a study of renaturation kinetics show that the nematode, Caenorhabditis elegans, has a haploid DNA content of 8 x 10(7) base pairs (20 times the genome of E. coli). Eighty-three percent of the DNA sequences are unique. The mean base composition is 36% GC; a small component, containing the rRNA cistrons, has a base composition of 51% GC. The haploid genome contains about 300 genes for 4S RNA, 110 for 5S RNA, and 55 for (18 + 28)S RNA.

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