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Understanding the process by which organisms replicate themselves reproduction

DNA and RNA replication

Molecular replication The characteristics that an organism inherits are largely stored in cells as genetic information in very long molecules of deoxyribonucleic acid DNA. In 1953 it was established that DNA molecules consist of two complementary strands, each of which can make copies of the other.


The strands are like two sides of a ladder that has been twisted along its length in the shape of a double helix spring. The rungs, which join the two sides of the ladder, are made up of two terminal bases. There are four bases in DNA: In the middle of each rung a base from one strand of DNA is linked by a hydrogen bond to a base of the other strand. But they can pair only in certain ways: This is why one strand of DNA is considered complementary to the other. The double helices duplicate themselves by separating at one place between the two strands and becoming progressively unattached.

As one strand separates from the other, each acquires new complementary bases until eventually each strand becomes a new double helix with a new complementary strand to replace the original one. Because adenine always falls in place opposite thymine and guanine opposite cytosine, the process is called a template replication —one strand serves as the mold for the other.

Replication and Reproduction

It should be added that the steps involving the duplication of DNA do not occur spontaneously; they require catalysts in the form of enzymes that promote the replication process.

Molecular reproduction The sequence of bases in a DNA molecule serves as a code by which genetic information is stored.

  • Anyone who has spent much time examining the molecular structure of DNA soon realizes that it is adapted to replicate;
  • After one generation, although there is no high-fidelity replication, the average size of the population has changed, due to the effect of natural selection;
  • At the very least, the possibility should not be ignored;
  • Conceptual Challenges, Oxford, UK;
  • The amount of DNA that counts as a replicator certainly varies, but according to Dawkins, nothing more inclusive than the genetic material functions as replicators in biological evolution;
  • In such a situation the size of a population could be maintained.

RNA serves as a messenger for carrying the genetic code to those places in the cell where proteins are manufactured. The way in which the messenger RNA is translated into specific proteins is a remarkable and complex process.

The ability to synthesize enzymes and other proteins enables the organism to make any substance that existed in a previous generation. Proteins are reproduced directly; however, such other substances as carbohydrates, fats, and other organic molecules found in cells are produced by a series of enzyme-controlled chemical reactions, each enzyme being derived originally from DNA through messenger RNA.

It is because all of the organic constituents made by organisms are derived ultimately from DNA that molecules in organisms are reproduced exactly by each successive generation. Cell reproduction The chemical constituents of cytoplasm that part of the cell outside the nucleus are not resynthesized from DNA every time a cell divides.

  • In 1953 it was established that DNA molecules consist of two complementary strands, each of which can make copies of the other;
  • Sexual reproduction Sexual reproduction involves the combining of genetic material from two parent organisms;
  • The synthesis of the genome of DNA viruses usually begins at a replication origin that binds specific initiator proteins, which recruit replication enzymes of the host cell which then replicate the viral genome.

This is because each of the two daughter cells formed during cell division usually inherits about half of the cellular material from the mother cell see cell: Cell division and growthand is important because the presence of essential enzymes enables DNA to replicate even before it has made the enzymes necessary to do so.

Cells of higher organisms contain complex structures, and each time a cell divides the structures must be duplicated. The method of duplication varies for each structure, and in some cases the mechanism is still uncertain.

One striking and important phenomenon is the formation of a new membrane.

  • The HI virus is a retrovirus and thus a very exotic case;
  • Any other sorts of competition and cooperation are merely extrapolations from this fundamental sense of allelic competition;
  • Later, von Neumann proposed a theory of self-reproducing automata Neumann 1966 which has become a parallel but influential research program to the issue in biology Mitchell 2009;
  • Continuous synthesis occurs in the direction in which the replication fork is moving;
  • Ever since Darwin, a number of authors have proposed that for evolution by natural selection to occur three conditions or ingredients are necessary;
  • The method of duplication varies for each structure, and in some cases the mechanism is still uncertain.

Cell membranes, although they are very thin and appear to have a simple form and structure, contain many enzymes and are sites of great metabolic activity. This applies not only to the membrane that surrounds the cell but to all the membranes within the cell. New membranes, which seem to form rapidly, are indistinguishable from old ones.

What is DNA replication?

Thus, the formation of a new cell involves the further synthesis of many constituents that were present in the parent cell. This means that all of the information and materials necessary for a cell to reproduce itself must be supplied by the cellular constituents and the DNA inherited from the parent cell.

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