12th Class Biology Molecular basis of inheritance

  • question_answer 63)   Recall the experiments done by Frederick Griffith, Avery, MacLeod and McCarty, where DNA was speculated to be the genetic material. If RNA ,instead of DNA was the genetic material, would the heat killed strain of Pneumococcus have transformed the R-strain into virulent strain? Explain.

    Answer:

                      RNA is more liable and prone to degradation towing to the presence of 2'OH group in its ribose). Hence, heat-killed S-stain may not have retained its ability to transform the R-strain into virulent form if RNA was its genetic material.

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