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Gene Expression Part 1: Reading Genes to Make Proteins

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This lesson describes the steps involved in a cell as DNA sequence information is read to make RNA and RNA is read to make proteins.

Overview of Gene Expression Part 1

Don Lee
Department of Agronomy and Horticulture at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA
Patricia Hain
Department of Agronomy and Horticulture at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA
 

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A gene will only control a trait in an organism when the gene is expressed. This means the gene is read in the cell to make a protein that carries out a specific function. This lesson describes the basic steps in the gene expression process.

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