Deoxyribonucleic acid, commonly known as DNA, is nothing but a molecule encoding genetic information that governs a living organism’s development and functioning. Putting it in simpler language, DNA stores information about the genetic makeup of an organism. This genetic makeup is passed on from one generation to another. This is quite hardcore science and hence, we will not go into details. We will rather keep it simple and discuss 25 interesting DNA facts that will make you says – “whoa, really?” So, let us begin!
Interesting DNA Facts: 1-5
1. DNA stores all information that makes up any organism. That’s quite a lot of information but what’s interesting about DNA is that it is made of just four building blocks, which are – cytosine (C), thymine (T), guanine (G) and adenine (A).
2. There were some ancient viruses that used to infect humans but today, 8% of human DNA is actually made of those ancient viruses!
3. Human DNA is 95% identical to the DNA of chimpanzees. That’s quite understandable but what’s shocking is that human DNA is 50% identical to the DNA of bananas! You read it correctly! We said BANANAS!
4. Here is another shocker – cabbages and humans share about 40-50% of identical DNA. Yeah – cabbages – those that we eat! You know… those green leafy cabbages!
5. You know what? 1 single gram of DNA is capable of holding an amazing 700 terabytes of data!
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6. If we want to store all digital information in this world, all we need is 2 grams of DNA.
7. Human penis once used to be spiny. That’s scary! Luckily that DNA code which made the penis spiny is lost. Around 700,000 years ago Neanderthals and modern humans got separate from a common ancestor and that is when the modern humans actually lost that DNA code. Good for us! Imagine how a woman would feel while performing fellatio of even penetrative sex!
8. Scientists have found out that a total of 510 DNA codes have been lost throughout the process of human evolution.
9. DNA is present in each and every cell of human body. Each DNA strand is 1.8 meters long but squeezed into a space of 0.09 micrometers!
10. If someone manages to unwind all DNA molecules in a human body and place them end to end, the total length that can be covered is 10 billion miles! That’s the distance covered in a trip from Earth to Pluto and back to Earth.