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The "rungs" of the DNA ladder are made of what?

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Answered Oct 18Biology
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They’re made of the base pairs. When two strands of DNA form a double stranded helix - symbolised as a ladder in this case - a specific pairing of the four bases (adenine, guanine, thymine and cytosine) makes the ‘rungs’ of the ladder, while a sugar phosphate forms the backbone or the ‘rails’ of the ladder. Contact me for more questions!