Beauty is in the genes of the beholder

D. Harel, R. Unger, J. L. Sussman

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An interpretation of the particular proportions of DNA as found in the Watson-Crick double helix model is suggested. It is based on the classical, highly aesthetical concept known as the Golden Ratio. Specifically, it is shown that in B-DNA both pitch/diameter and diameter/offset are extremely close to the Golden Ratio. Here, pitch is the helical repeat, and offset refers to the vertical distance that forms the minor groove.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)155-156
Number of pages2
JournalTrends in Biochemical Sciences
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1986
Externally publishedYes


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