Skip to main page content
Access keys NCBI Homepage MyNCBI Homepage Main Content Main Navigation
. 1993 Apr 22;362(6422):709-15.
doi: 10.1038/362709a0.

Instability and Decay of the Primary Structure of DNA


Instability and Decay of the Primary Structure of DNA

T Lindahl. Nature. .


Although DNA is the carrier of genetic information, it has limited chemical stability. Hydrolysis, oxidation and nonenzymatic methylation of DNA occur at significant rates in vivo, and are counteracted by specific DNA repair processes. The spontaneous decay of DNA is likely to be a major factor in mutagenesis, carcinogenesis and ageing, and also sets limits for the recovery of DNA fragments from fossils.

Comment in

  • DNA from ancient mammoth bones.
    Hagelberg E, Thomas MG, Cook CE Jr, Sher AV, Baryshnikov GF, Lister AM. Hagelberg E, et al. Nature. 1994 Aug 4;370(6488):333-4. doi: 10.1038/370333b0. Nature. 1994. PMID: 8047136 No abstract available.
  • Antediluvian DNA research.
    Golenberg EM. Golenberg EM. Nature. 1994 Feb 24;367(6465):692. doi: 10.1038/367692a0. Nature. 1994. PMID: 8107863 No abstract available.

Similar articles

See all similar articles

Cited by 1,288 articles

See all "Cited by" articles

LinkOut - more resources