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It is the sequence of bases along the DNA molecule that codes for the sequence of amino acids in a polypeptide chain. One or more polypeptide chains, when they have correctly coiled and folded, and, if necessary, assembled together, form the functional molecule that we call a protein.

In some viruses the genetic information is stored in RNA, not DNA, so a more accurate answer would be a nucleic acid.

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Q: What is the name for a large polymer of nucleotides that provides the code for making proteins?
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