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The component of a chromosome that controls heredity is

Last updated date: 11th Jun 2024
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Hint: A chromosome is a highly coiled form of the genetic material in the nucleus. Chromosomes are best visible in the metaphase of cell division as the condensation of chromatin is fully complete in that stage. The chromosome is made up of two chromatids that are attached together by the centromere.

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The genetic material is present in the form of chromatin which is a loose and indistinct network of nucleoprotein fibers. The Nucleo part is made up of the nucleic acid DNA and the protein part is made up of histone and non-histone proteins. The DNA is two meters long and it is distributed among 46 (twenty-three pairs) chromosomes. DNA is made up of nucleotides and the sequence in which they are arranged determines the genotype and phenotype of a person. DNA results in the formation of RNA which results in the formation of proteins and thus decides the phenotype. Thus, the component of a chromosome that controls heredity and inheritance is DNA.

Additional Information: -Histones are proteins that are positively charged and basic in nature. This is because histones contain many basic amino acids like lysine and arginine and these two amino acids carry positive charges in their side chains.
-Histones are made up of eight molecules known as histone octamers.
-The negatively charged DNA is electrostatically attracted to the positive histone and is wrapped around the histone octamer to form a structure called a nucleosome.
-Nucleosomes are the repeating unit of chromatin and they appear like ‘beads-on-string’ when chromatin is viewed under a microscope.
-This beads-on-string structure is further packed and coiled to form chromosomes along with the help of an additional set of proteins known as Non-Histone Chromosomal (NHC) proteins.
So, the correct option is ‘DNA’.

Note: -In a nucleus, there are some regions of chromatin that are loosely packed and thus stain lightly known as euchromatin.
-The other regions of the chromatin are more densely packed and thus stain dark known as heterochromatin.
-Euchromatin is loosely packed because it is more transcriptionally active whereas heterochromatin is inactive.
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