We investigated the nonlinear DNA torsional equations proposed by Yakushevich in the presence of damping and external torques. Analytical expressions for some solutions are obtained in the case of the isolated chain. Special attention is paid to the stability of the solutions and the range of soliton interaction in the general case. The bifurcation analysis is performed and prediction of chaos is obtained for some set of parameters. Some biological implications are suggested. (author). 11 refs, 13 figs.