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Semi-conservative replication

DNA replication has three possible methods: conservative, dispersive, and semi-conservative. Here, we focus on the Meselson-Stahl experiment, which proved DNA replication is semi-conservative. In this process, each new DNA pair consists of one old strand and one new strand, ensuring accurate genetic information transfer. Created by Efrat Bruck.

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  • blobby green style avatar for user Zack
    I feel as if this video is confusing... are dispersive and conservative replication actual types of replication or just theories? I feel like this should be addressed at the beginning before talking about the different types
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    • leafers tree style avatar for user RAHUL
      After Watson and Crick proposed the double helix model of DNA, three models for DNA replication were proposed: conservative, semiconservative and dispersive. But Meselson and Stahl proved semiconservative is actual the mode of DNA replication . So, dispersive and conservative replication are just hypothesis which were proved wrong.
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  • aqualine ultimate style avatar for user G.Lo
    How did they prove it?
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    • purple pi purple style avatar for user Ben
      To summarize their experiment, they used "heavy" or N15 nitrogen to label the DNA for many generations. They had this thing called an ultracentrifuge which was able to make bands based on size. All the heavy nitrogen made a band that could be called the N15 band because both strands had heavy nitrogen. They were using E. coli I believe and transferred it from the heavy nitrogen containing medium to one containing normal N14 nitrogen. They examined the DNA of the first generation from this using the ultra centrifuge and found one band which was different from the N15 band. This was the N15/N14 band(because one strand was N15, the old, and the other N14, the new). The next generation had 2 bands, the N15/N14 band and one that was lighter, an N14/N14 band. This proved it was semiconservative. If it had been conservative, the first generation would have shown 2 bands (N15 and N14, not the middle band seen). Also, dispersive would have just made a mess.
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  • blobby green style avatar for user shelbyhassberger
    This video seems incomplete to me.
    How did they prove semi-conservative? What was the basic experimental design? What data did they observe that supported the hypothesis of semi-conservative replication? What WOULD they have needed to observe to support one of the other theories?

    I know the answers are given in a comment below, but this video should be reworked to include these parameters.
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  • duskpin ultimate style avatar for user Ishaan
    What organisms use conservative replication and which ones use dispersive replication?
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  • blobby green style avatar for user Taylor Rixie
    I understand the difference between the three different replications but how do you figure out the percentage of 14N and 15N contained in the DNA for each?
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    • orange juice squid orange style avatar for user Talia
      15N is heavier than 14N. Meselson and Stahl used that fact to tell which kind of replication is correct by putting the DNA into liquid in test tubes as it reproduced, generation after generation.
      Step 1. grow bacteria (they used E.Coli) with only 15N present. Extract the DNA and put it in a test tube
      Step 2. grow bacteria with only 14N present (second generation) and extract the DNA again
      Step 3. grow bacteria with only 14N present (third generation) and extract the DNA again.
      In the test tubes, the first step resulted in most of the DNA near the bottom of the tube, because 15N is heavy.
      In step 2, because DNA replication is semi-conservative, the DNA rested at a half-way point between where 14N and 15N DNA would be (because each daughter DNA would contain half 15N and half 14N ).
      The third step is where things get complicated:
      4 daughter DNA molecules are produced in the 3rd generation (two from each parent). Two daughters with the 15N parent are now half 14N-half 15N. The other two daughters have the 14N parent, so they have purely 14N nitrogen in their DNA. This would result in a test tube with one half-half layer, and another 14N layer of DNA floating above it.

      Here's a link to a diagram that can explain the experiment better than i can:
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  • duskpin ultimate style avatar for user MS17155 - Shivanshu Siyanwal
    Can we program XNA( Xeno nucleic acid) to do Conservative replication or dispersive replication?
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Video transcript

- Let's take a piece of DNA. And let's just unwind it into its two strands. And just to help us to remember that DNA is a very, very long molecule, I'm gonna put arrows here on our two strands of DNA. And the question I want to ask you is, "If we were to replicate this DNA, "what would the end result look like?" So, I'm kind of skipping over the entire process of how the DNA is replicated and focusing just on the product. And so we have three choices. The first is conservative replication. And in conservative replication we have our old pair of DNA and then we synthesize a completely new pair of DNA. So you can see the old pair, that looks just the same as what we had before, in yellow. And then we have a completely new pair which is represented in blue. Our next choice is dispersive replication. And in dispersive replication, we're gonna end up with two pairs of DNA. And in each one of those pairs we have some old DNA and new DNA dispersed within that double strand of DNA. So you can see there's yellow and blue mixed up together. And it wouldn't necessarily have to be in the ratio that I drew it in. I drew it in this kind of neat ratio where the yellow and blues are the same size. But perhaps the yellows would be a little bit bigger and maybe some of the blue parts smaller or vice versa. And the third option we have is semi-conservative replication. And in semi-conservative replication, each pair has one old strand, that you see in yellow, of course, and one new strand, that's in blue. And this question was answered by two scientists. One by the name of Meselson and one by the name of Stahl. And they conducted a famous experiment which was named after them. So the Meselson Stahl experiment. And in this experiment they proved that DNA replication is semi-conservative. So, this is how DNA is replicated.