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DNA is Information?

How can a chemical contain information? Looking at the DNA shape from the outside, DNA appears to be pretty boring. It just goes on and on... Until the structure was figured out, many scientists thought DNA was too simple and could not be the Instruction Manual for the body.

DNA is actually an endless march of characters in a 4-letter alphabet, but you don't see that until you open up the helix and look inside....