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DNA
A DNA molecule was something I wanted to build for a long time... Hooray its discovery 60 years ago!
About this creation
The color coding of the nucleotides is that as in conventional sequencing data. Adenine, (A), Cytosine (C), Guanine (G) and Thymine (T) stringed together in the double helical DNA molecule is the genetic code of all organisms. It is the building instruction for Life!



Adenine bases pair with Thymine bases. Cytosine bases pair with Guanine bases. Strings of these in the proper order, codes for everything that makes up, for example, You! How to build the pigments that give color to your eyes, where in your body to produce it, how much to make of it, etcetera.




The discovery of DNA opened up the doors to the discoveries of our innermost workings! On 25 April in 1953, James D. Watson and Francis Crick published in the scientific journal Nature, the article "Molecular Structure of Nucleic Acids: A Structure for Deoxyribose Nucleic Acid".



Comments

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  September 23, 2013
Quoting Mike Son That is absolutely amazing!!! Do you have instructions you're willing to share? I teach microbiology to biology students and would love to build this. Please tell me you're willing to share your awesome creation? Thanks Mike
Thx Mike! Sorry, I don't have LDD instructions. Maybe the trick becomes apparent from this photo: http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r225/Vladtron/LEGO/DNA/DSCN8967_zps3cfe9a24.jpg The 4x0.5 stud offset doesn't fit exactly, which makes it rather fragile as the length increases to over ~20 plates. But base pairing increases the stability (just like in life :))
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  September 22, 2013
That is absolutely amazing!!! Do you have instructions you're willing to share? I teach microbiology to biology students and would love to build this. Please tell me you're willing to share your awesome creation? Thanks Mike
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  May 30, 2013
erg knap gedaan! ik zou zelf nooit op het idee komen om dat te bouwen!
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  April 9, 2013
The curves that you made from square Lego bricks are brilliant. I like the colour co-ordination that goes with the description too.
  April 8, 2013
Nice one! Love the corresponding colors. -LB Senior
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  April 7, 2013
Clever build, respect for your patience assembling that!
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  April 7, 2013
This reminds me of how I love biology. Great job!
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  April 7, 2013
Quoting matt rowntree That's just too cool! Out of curiosity, how well does the strand hold up structurally? The inner engineer in me wants to know if the building block of life is sound in the form of an actual building block. =)
Hi Matt, this design started out pretty sturdy, but after 20 plates (half a wind) it becomes troublesome. A full circle of 40 is only stable as double stranded; the basepairing stabilises the molecule (just as in molecular biology!). The thing is, it doesn't actually fit... The tension just builds up with every added plate - sheer bloody mindedness is what keeps it together.
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  April 6, 2013
That's just too cool! Out of curiosity, how well does the strand hold up structurally? The inner engineer in me wants to know if the building block of life is sound in the form of an actual building block. =)
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  April 6, 2013
Masterful.
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  April 6, 2013
Whoa! I knew what DNA looked like but I didn't know what my DNA looked like.
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  April 6, 2013
Very well done! Great idea using different colors to represent each base section :)
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  April 6, 2013
Ah, Francis Prick... smart man, but it's a pain to read his papers. Nice job!
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  April 6, 2013
good work!!!!!
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  April 6, 2013
Skills on show.
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  April 6, 2013
Excellent use of colour to denote the different types of bases!
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  April 6, 2013
nice!
 
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