Find the structure of nucleic acid from proportions of nucleotides
February 9, 2013 1:07 PM Subscribe
How can you tell the physical and chemical structure of a nucleic acid based on a sample's proportions of nucleotides?
posted by johnofjack to science & nature (20 answers total)
I've tried helping someone find information on the method you'd need to use to solve the problem above, but this is well beyond my understanding. I've pointed her towards some documents which I thought would help, but they didn't.
Yes, this is for a homework assignment, but I am not asking you to identify her samples--a general explanation of the method, or a pointer to one, would be plenty.
I hope it goes without saying that she's checked both her lecture notes and her textbook, and she did not find the answer there. She thinks maybe it was covered in one of the "optional" (not so optional!) books.