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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.
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What do genes do?
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.
This OpenLearn course provides a sample of Level 1 study in.
This free course includes adapted extracts from an Open University course which is no longer available to new students. If you found this interesting you could explore more free Biology courses or view the range of currently available OU Biology courses.
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Originally published: Wednesday, 2nd March 2016
Last updated on: Wednesday, 2nd March 2016
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