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Textbook References
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Protein Synthesis (Template Model)

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Overview and Learning Objectives

This animation of transcription and translation combined with a molecular dynamics simulation shows the whole process of protein synthesis from genetic code to protein structure formation. This is a core model available for exploration. It does not have any activity scaffolding.

Students will be able to explore transcription and translation.

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Central Concepts

Key Concept:

The DNA code contains information for the creation of proteins.

Additional Related Concepts

Biology

  • Transcription
  • Transportation

Molecular Biology

  • DNA
  • Gene
  • Gene expression

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Textbook References

  • Biology (Miller and Levine) Prentice Hall 5th Edition - Unit 2: Chapter 7 - Nucleic Acids and Protein Synthesis
  • Biology (Prentice-Hall) New York Edition - Chapter 12: DNA and RNA
  • Biology: Concepts and Connections (Pearson) 5th Edition - Chapter 8: The Cellular Basis of Reproduction and Inheritance
  • Biology: Exploring Life - Chapter 11: DNA and the Language of Life
  • Biology: The Dynamics of Life - Chapter 11: DNA and Genes
  • BSCS Blue (8th Edition) - Advances in Molecular Genetics
  • BSCS Blue (8th Edition) - Chapter 9: Expressing Genetic Information
  • Cell Biology (Pollard and Earnshaw) Saunders 2002 - Chapter 18: Protein Synthesis and Folding in the Cytoplasm
  • Web of Life - Chapter 7: DNA, Genes and Chromosomes
  • Web of Life - Chapter 8: Protein Synthesis

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Benchmarks and Standards

AAAS

  • THE LIVING ENVIRONMENT: CELLS - The genetic information encoded in DNA molecules provides instructions for assembling protein molecules (Full Text of Standard)

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Activity Credits

Created by CC Project: Molecular Logic using Molecular Workbench

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Requirements

  • Java 1.5+ - Java 1.5+ is available for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X 10.4 and greater. If you are using Mac OS X 10.3, you can download MW Version 1.3 and explore within it instead.

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These materials are based upon work supported
by the National Science Foundation under grant numbers
9980620, ESI-0242701, EIA-0219345, DUE-0402553, and 0628181.

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