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Re: OT: 'deoxiribos'

From:Andreas Johansson <and_yo@...>
Date:Monday, April 23, 2001, 12:49
Muke Tever wrote:
>----- Original Message ----- >From: "Andreas Johansson" <and_yo@...> > > Well, 'deoxiribos' is a kind of sugar. Together with nucleinic acids it > > forms DNA. >[snip] > > FWIW, the prefix 'deoxi-' means something like "without oxygen" - if you >add > > an atom of oxygen to deoxiribos you get another kind of sugar called > > 'ribos'. What 'ribos' itself means, I haven't found out, but the ending > > '-os' indicates that we're dealing with a kind of sugar. > >BTW, it's easier to recognize as 'deoxyribose'. > >My dictionary says "ribose" is "from German Ribon(säure), a tetrahydroxyl >acid from which ribose is obtained : Ribon-, arbitrary alteration of >English >arabinose, ribose : (gum) arab(ic) + -in + -ose + Säure, acid." That's >quite a big etymology for such a short word.
Ah, I learnt what chemistry I know (not much!) in Swedish, so sometimes I miss the often slightly different spellings prefered in English. Sorry. Andreas _________________________________________________________________________ Get Your Private, Free E-mail from MSN Hotmail at