Where is the DNA of a prokaryotic cell located?  

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jgeertz eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Prokaryotes are organisms that are mainly single-celled although some are multicellular. Scientists have divided them into two groups: bacteria and archaea. Prokaryotes have no cell nucleus and no membrane enclosed organelles. Prokaryotic DNA can be found in a coiled loop floating in the cytoplasm in a region called the nucleoid (meaning nucleus-like). In other words, the nucleoid is the area in a prokaryotic cell where DNA is located. Prokaryotes compress their DNA into a small space through a process called supercoiling. Supercoiling DNA allows it to be packaged efficiently into the small cell.

prokaryotes are single celled organisms so they have their dna located in the cytoplasm since they have no specific organelles inside the cell. 

danimai | Student

t is located all throughout the cytoplasm. Prokaryotic cells do not have a nucleus so the DNA is located in the cytoplasm. The DNA in prokaryotic cells is also usually found in a circular ring that is coiled up into figure eights called supercoils.

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