What is a noncoding strand?


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"Noncoding" refers to a strand of DNA that does not contain the information that the body needs to create proteins. DNA contains a coding strand and a noncoding strand. The two strands are mirror images of each other, but only the coding strand has the information for making proteins.

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The body's hereditary building blocks are in the form of DNA, or deoxyribonucleic acid. DNA information is stored as codes that are created from the four chemical bases adenine, guanine, cytosine and thymine. There are about three billion bases that make up human DNA, and more than 99 percent of those are the same for everyone.

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