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since nucleic acis have charged phosphate groups, DNA and RNA contain lots of negative charges. Would you suspect that DNA and RNA are soluble in polar solvent like water?

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    Yes. The negatively charged phosphate groups would attract the positively charged regions of the molecules making the polar solvent. For example, if the solvent were water, then the H atoms, which carry a partial positive charge, would be attracted to the negative regions of the phosphate group.

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