• A gene that keeps track of how often it's made into a protein

    One year ago - By Ars Technica

    Enlarge / Ribosomes sometimes ignore one of these.
    Folks in the Baranov lab in County Cork, Ireland, were just reviewing old data they had lying around-you, know, as one does on a slow, boring afternoon-and they noticed something weird. The complexes within a cell that translate RNA into proteins were piling up at the end of the RNA, long past the portion that encodes the protein. Hmm.
    Ribosomes and the genetic code
    Many of the genes held in our DNA encode proteins. But the process of translating DNA into protein goes through an RNA intermediate. That RNA is read by a complex called the...
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