Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) is a molecule that contains the genetic instructions for the development, function and reproduction of all known living organisms. It is often referred to as the “blueprint of life” which is cute, right? Wrong! Have you ever tried to read a blueprint? It’s a total headache.
DNA is composed of four nitrogenous bases – Adenine, Thymine, Guanine, and Cytosine – which make up the ladder-like structure of the molecule. These nitrogenous bases are so small, it’s a wonder scientists were even able to find them. Have they tried looking for their missing socks instead? Maybe they’ll have better luck.
The discovery of DNA structure by James Watson and Francis Crick in 1953 was a major breakthrough in scientific history. And added a new layer of complexity to explaining the birds and the bees to your children. Now you have to explain nitrogenous bases and ladder-like structures too? Thanks, science.
The study of DNA has led to many exciting discoveries. Scientists can now identify individuals based on their DNA, which could come in handy if you forget someone’s name at a party. They can even determine an organism’s ancestry using DNA analysis. Forget about your family tree, now you can have a family molecule!
And let’s not forget about the world of genetics. With advancements in DNA technology, we’re just one step closer to creating our very own Frankensteins. Sure, it may sound like a bad idea now, but just wait until you need someone to help you with all those household chores.
In conclusion, DNA may be the building blocks of life, but if you’re like me, you’d rather just stick to building blocks made of plastic.