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What do genes do?

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This free course, What do genes do? explores how information contained in DNA is used, explaining the flow of information from DNA to RNA to protein. Also introduced are the concepts of transcription (as occurs between DNA and RNA) and translation.

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • understand how the linear sequence of DNA within a gene is related to the linear sequence of amino acids of a protein
  • understand how the information in DNA is carried via RNA to make a protein
  • understand how RNA is synthesised from DNA by the process of transcription
  • understand where the processes of transcription and translation occur within the cell.

By: The Open University

  • Duration 4 hours
  • Updated Wednesday 2nd March 2016
  • Introductory level
  • Posted under Biology
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What do genes do?

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This course explores how information contained in DNA is used, explaining the flow of information from DNA to RNA to protein. Also introduced are the concepts of transcription (as occurs between DNA and RNA) and translation.

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