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Gene Transcription/DNA Replication

  1. Dec 14, 2003 #1
    In what respects is the process of gene transcription similar to the process of DNA replication?
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  3. Dec 14, 2003 #2


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    There is not many similar processes between DNA replication and transcription.

    The firts common point is that both process starts with the unwinding of the DNA. How replication and transcritption is iniated is different, replication requires RNA primers on the template strand and other factor whereas transcripption does not require RNA primer and migth requires DNA binding proteins and DNA. The other common point is the addition of NTPs by the same chemical process. Structuarly DNA polymerase and RNA polymerase are dissimilar in many points.

    The web site has good basic animation and explanation: http://www.ncc.gmu.edu/dna/

    From this site (http://www.sparknotes.com/biology/molecular/dnatranscription/section1.html)

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