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10.5. Transcription

DNA to RNA transcription. RNA synthesis.

After Beadle and Tatum, in 1948, established the parallelism between genes and enzymes (one gene-one enzyme theory), and Watson and Crick, in 1953, proposed the double helix model of DNACrick proposed his hypothesis of collinearity. This hypothesis says that there is a correspondence between the nucleotide sequence of a gene and the amino acid sequence of the enzymes that the gene encodes.

Two processes are distinguished within the mechanism of the passage from nucleotide sequence to amino acid sequence.

These processes constitute the basis of the central dogma of molecular biology, although it has had to be modified by current knowledge of the replication of some viruses:

  • Viruses that store their genetic information in the form of RNA have an enzymeRNA-replicase, that allows them to duplicate this RNA.
  • Retroviruses use an enzyme, reverse transcriptase, that synthesizes DNA from an RNA molecule, in a process called reverse transcription or reverse transcription.


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