DNA is a chemical substance, located in the nucleus of your cells, that looks like a long thin twisted ladder. The rungs of the ladder are made up of things called base pairs.

There are four different substances that make up base pairs: Adenine (A), Thymine (T), Cytosine (C), and Guanine (G).

The base pairs always match up the same way: Adenine always connects to Thymine, and Cytosine always connects to Guanine. This pairing is the key to how DNA works.

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