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I am an acid, found in all of your friends.
I tell you how to look, but I don't make amends.

My man named Fred, he told you who I am.
But no one understood me until I had an exam!

I've only got one vowel to my name, for sure.
But write me out the long way and you'll find a lot more.

Shout out to my people A, G, C, and T!
All of your bases are belong to me!

Who am I?

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Perhaps you mean "a couple of consonants" instead? I only see one vowel. :P – feelinferrety Mar 17 at 20:46
    
Um...You're right, hahaha. In my head, 'D' was a vowel. Will correct. – Khale_Kitha Mar 17 at 20:47
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Honorable mention to U! – feelinferrety Mar 17 at 21:22
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You are

DNA

I am an acid, found in all of your friends. I tell you how to look, but I don't make amends.

The "A" in DNA stands for acid. DNA is also found in everyone.

My man named Fred, he told you who I am. But no one understood me until I had an exam!

Friedrich Meischer first discovered DNA, but it was not fully understood until Watson and Crick identified it.

I've got a couple of vowels to my name, for sure. But write me out the long way and you'll find a lot more.

Deoxyribonucleic acid

Shout out to my people A, G, C, and T! All of your bases are belong to me!

The four bases found in DNA are Adenine, Thymine, Guanine and Cytosine

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Hah, that was easier than I anticipated. :P Will accept when it lets me. :) – Khale_Kitha Mar 17 at 20:42
    
Unfortunately, this is a pretty widely known topic. I believe some would get it just from the title, many from the first line, and most by the letters listed. – feelinferrety Mar 17 at 20:48
    
Yeah, coming up with titles for rhyme riddles is annoyingly difficult, too. – Khale_Kitha Mar 17 at 20:49

You are DNA

I am an acid, found in all of your friends.
I tell you how to look, but I don't make amends.

DNA tells your body how to make you look

My man named Fred, he told you who I am.
But no one understood me until I had an exam!

First found by Friedrich Miescher

I've got a couple of vowels to my name, for sure.
But write me out the long way and you'll find a lot more.

Deoxyribonucleic acid

Shout out to my people A, G, C, and T!
All of your bases are belong to me!

The four components of DNA

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You are

DNA

I am an acid, found in all of your friends. I tell you how to look, but I don't make amends.

DNA stands for Deoxyribonucleic acid and encodes near everything about us.

My man named Fred, he told you who I am. But no one understood me until I had an exam!

First discovered by Frederick Griffith.

I've got a couple of vowels to my name, for sure. But write me out the long way and you'll find a lot more.

Again DNA stands for Deoxyribonucleic acid.

Shout out to my people A, G, C, and T! All of your bases are belong to me!

A, G, C and T are 4 base pairs, with which the information is encoded in the DNA.

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Haha, good job. He beat you by mere seconds! – Khale_Kitha Mar 17 at 20:41
    
I did not type fast enough :) – jure Mar 17 at 20:44
    
You guys all blew me away with how fast you got it. I should have spent more time trying to make it cryptic, but well done! – Khale_Kitha Mar 17 at 20:45

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