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Module 2: Transcription Part I: From DNA Sequence to Transcription Unit

Author(s): Maria Santisteban1, Alexa Sawa2

1. University of North Carolina - Pembroke 2. College of the Desert

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This module illustrates how a primary transcript (pre-mRNA) is synthesized using a DNA molecule as the template. Students will learn about the importance of the 5' and 3' regions of the gene for initiation and termination of transcription.

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Version 1.0 - published on 25 Jul 2020 doi:10.25334/53EH-4602 - cite this


This module will introduce you to the use of the Genome Browser to illustrate the process of transcription and help you identify regulatory elements, using the Drosophila melanogaster transformer (tra) gene as an example. You will use the UCSC Genome Browser Mirror developed by the Genome Education Partnership (GEP), which contains RNA expression data, to identify the different parts of the gene that give rise to pre-mRNA through transcription.

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