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kilometers of DNA/minute in corn

Elizabeth Lee lizlee at uoguelph.ca
Mon Nov 29 13:26:15 EST 1999

Dear netters,

I received the following inquiry from OCPA.  Please send any responses
directly to Terry.


Michael Smith, UBC Nobel Laureate, says in a recent talk that the average
human produces 200,000 Km of DNA every minute just to correct DNA damage.
(This is in addition to the 100,000 Km per minute, to create new cells in
bone marrow and intestines.) Have you any idea what the comparable figure
might be for corn? Also, humans apparently have about 3 billion base pairs.
What is it for corn?

Best regards.

Terry Daynard
Ontario Corn Producers' Association
90 Woodlawn Road West
Guelph, Ontario
N1H 1B2, Canada
Tele (519) 837 1660
Fax (519) 837 1674
e-mail tdaynard at ontariocorn.org

Elizabeth A. Lee
Plant Agriculture Dept.
Crop Sci. Bldg.
University of Guleph
Guelph, ON  N1G 2W1  Canada

(519)824-4120 extension 3360
lizlee at uoguelph.ca

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