This kit demystifies DNA's and RNA's connection to protein synthesis.
- Demystify the DNA/RNA connection
- Model replication, transcription, and translation
- Time required: one 50 minutes class period
Students construct a model of DNA, replicate it, and use half of the ladder to build messenger RNA (mRNA). Placing mRNA on a model ribosome simulates transcription in the nucleus and the movement of mRNA. Students simulate translation by matching the mRNA and its codons to transfer RNA (tRNA) and its anti-codons.
Amino acids bond to form a protein molecule, and students experience how information stored in DNA is expressed as a finished protein.
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