Complementary base pairs
The human genome is made up of approximately 3 billion base pairs and is very complex, because of this we measure base pairs in Kbp (Kilobase pairs).
Complementary base pairing is important in DNA as it allows the base pairs to be arranged in the most energetically favourable way; it is essential in forming the helical structure of DNA.
It is also important in replication as it allows semiconservative replication.
- ↑ Albert B, Johnson A, Lewis J, Morgan D, Raff M, Roberts K, Walter P. Molecular Biology of the Cell. 6th Ed, Abingdon: Garland Science, Taylor and; Francis Group, LLC, 2015.