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Adenine
A nucleotide; one of the two purine bases in terragen organic life. In DNA it is paired with thymine, to make the base pair A-T; in RNA paired with uracil to make the pair A-U. It also has several key roles in cellular respiration, as a component of such important molecules as ATP.
 
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Text by M. Alan Kazlev

Initially published on 31 December 2001.

 
 
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