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RNA: An Introduction

While RNA is built on the same backbone and structural concept as DNA (read this post for a refresher!), its slight biological differences lead to significant functional diversity. We’ll examine the structure of RNA molecules first, then dig more deeply into the myriad of functions performed by these molecules within (and even outside of!) the cell. Continue reading “RNA: An Introduction”

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DNA Replication in Eukaryotes: The Cast of Characters

dsDNA: The double-stranded DNA molecule that needs to be copied! It contains specific sequences called origins of replication where the molecule can begin to be unwound and copied.

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