Tuesday, November 05, 2013


Why is the number of DNA bases 4?

Submitted by Aaron Schwartz (thanks!)

"In this paper we construct a mathematical model for DNA replication based on Shannon's mathematical theory for communication. We treat DNA replication as a communication channel. We show that the mean replication rate is maximal with four nucleotide bases under the primary assumption that the pairing time of the G-C bases is between 1.65 and 3 times the pairing time of the A-T bases." Full paper @ Bull Math Biol. 2006


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