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    DNA Helix Sculpture

    The DNA Helix Sculpture is located in the Cheshire Science Centre opened on 19th June 2007. The strands bear the names of donors who kindly contributed to the Cheshire Science Centre and the Thornton Building.

    The sculpture, reaching up from the ground to the second floor, represents the building block of cells in humans and almost all other oganisms. DNA contains the instructions required for cells to replicate and produce exact copies.  Nucleotides, consisting of a base, sugar and phosphate, are arranged in two long strands that form a spiral called a double helix. This unique arrangement looks like a spiralling ladder, which divides to produce a pattern of bases for the cell to duplicate, as each of the four bases (adenine (A), guanine (G), cytosine (C) and thymine (T)) always pair up with each other in the same order to form a unit, A with T and C with G.

    The helixal structure of the DNA forms a dramatic centrepiece in the entrance to the Cheshire Science Centre.

    1. OB33 DNA Helix