3 Main differences between DNA & RNA: RNA uses the sugar Ribose while DNA uses Deoxyribose. RNA is single stranded while DNA is double stranded. RNA uses the nitrogenous base Uracil whereas DNA uses the nitrogenous base Thymine.
A diagram shows the three separate components of a nucleotide and how they are combined to form a complete molecule. A nitrogenous base is represented as a purple hexagon. A sugar is represented as a grey pentagon. A phosphate group is represented as a light brown circle. A cut-away from the generic nitrogen base shows the chemical structure of the three types of pyrimidine bases (cytosine, thymine, and uracil) and the two types of purine bases (adenine and guanine).