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Genes encode information that our cells use to carry out their functions. In particular, protein-coding genes provide the cell with the information to make messenger RNAs (mRNAs), which are then used to make proteins. In this module, we will use a web-based visualization tool called a Genome Browser to explore the structure of a eukaryotic gene, and obtain a basic understanding of how this information is stored and used. In subsequent modules, you will learn more about the details of these biological processes, and use the Genome Browser to examine the experimental data that provide evidence for a detailed gene structure. The protein-coding genes in eukaryotes (higher organisms,with a cell nucleus) are much more complex than the protein-coding genes in prokaryotes (bacteria, organisms without a nucleus). We are still trying to figure out all of the details
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