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The presence or absence of hydroxy group on which carbon atom of sugar differentiatesRNA and DNA

The presence or absence of hydroxy group on which carbon atom of sugar differentiatesRNA and DNA

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Sunil Kumar FP
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7 years ago
RNA has hydroxy group attached at the 2nd C-atom while DNA does not.While DNA contains deoxyribose, RNA contains ribose (in deoxyribose there is no hydroxyl group attached to the pentose ring in the 2' position). These hydroxyl groups make RNA less stable than DNA because it is more prone to hydrolysis.

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