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Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) is a molecule composed of two nucleotide chains which coil around each other to form a double helix carrying the genetic instructions used in the growth, development, functioning and reproduction of all known living organisms and many viruses. DNA and ribonucleic acid (RNA) are nucleic acids; alongside proteins, lipids and complex carbohydrates (polysaccharides), they are one of the four major types of macromolecules that are essential for all known forms of life.

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There is evidence of DNA damage in vets with Gulf War Illness.[1][2]

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  1. Richman, Mike (October 19, 2017). "Researchers find evidence of DNA damage in Vets with Gulf War illness". research.va.gov. Retrieved August 26, 2018.
  2. Falvo, Michael; Meyer, Joel; Hill, Helene Z.; Lange, Gudrun; Condon, Michael; Klein, Jacquelyn C.; Ndirangu, Duncan; Falvo, Michael J. (September 2017). "Role of mitochondrial DNA damage and dysfunction in veterans with Gulf War Illness" (PDF). ncbi.nlm.nih.gov (PDF).