Transcription and Translation

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  • First, the DNA is unzipped.
  • Then, an mRNA strand is built as a copy of a gene. This process is called Transcription.
  • The new mRNA is used as a recipe to build a protein. A ribosome reads the recipe.
  • Ribosome
  • tRNA's bring over amino acids, and the ribosome attaches them in the correct order. This process is called Translation.
  • Ribosome
  • If there is a mistake during either of these processes, the protein won't be able to fulfill its purpose, causing major problems for the organism.
  • But if both of the processes are completed succesfully, a protein will be created!
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