This webinar on DNA is the first part of our two-part series on genetics, a major part of MCAT biochemistry. You will learn about the structure of DNA, including the four bases and the different types of bonds and forces that hold DNA together. You will also review how to connect knowledge fundamentals with important experimental techniques related to DNA.

At a glance


Essential skills

  • Apply your knowledge of DNA to graph and sequence reading problems

  • Integrate your understanding of DNA with RNA, and with the central dogma


Knowledge Fundamentals

  • The four DNA bases and the structure of DNA

  • The types of bonds and IMFs holding DNA strands together

  • The difference between active and inactive DNA

  • The difference between eukaryotic and prokaryotic DNA


On the MCAT

  • DNA and RNA are the foundations of genetics and very high yield topics on the test

  • The MCAT will often pair knowledge questions with experimental ones, so be familiar with DNA techniques as well


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