# Total number of DNA molecules after environmental change

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1. Aug 25, 2014

### Medicol

1. Suppose DNA molecules of a Streptococcus bacterium contain a radioactive isotope $N^{15}$, if this bacterium is then put in an environment containing only $N^{14}$ and after 5 generations (DNA duplication), how many $N^{15}$ DNA molecules remain ?

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3. after 5 generations, it is $2^{5+1}=64$. But then I become clueless as to how I can reason the eliminated DNAs as well as their remaining number. Oh nooo...Help please...

2. Aug 25, 2014

### Staff: Mentor

I don't see why the total content of N15 should change at all. It just gets splitted and distributed over multiple bacteria.