Number of moles of polymer formed

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epenguin
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That is truly astrononomical. What I had actually meant was one mole of nucleotide or of basepairs.

When I worked that out (a single human chromosome unwound if it could be straightened but still the double-helical structure) this was already fairly astronomical, a large fraction of a light year. 1mole of DNA as you have calculated is a large mass and a huger length of zillions of light years.

The single human chromosome unwound if it could be straightened in this way is reckoned to be a few centimeters. The chromosome you see photos of in your genetics texts is of order, if I remember, a micron. Very condensed. (Though remember those pictures where they are seen and counted etc. are in a cell-cycle phase where they are most highly condensed.)
 

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