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Homework Help: RNA transcripts size

  1. Mar 11, 2010 #1
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    After isolating the same mRNA transcripts of the same gene, why are some transcripts bigger than others?

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  3. Mar 11, 2010 #2

    Ygggdrasil

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    Consider what happens to mRNAs after they are initially synthesized.
     
  4. Mar 12, 2010 #3
    polyA tail?
     
  5. Mar 12, 2010 #4

    Ygggdrasil

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    Yes, the poly(A) tails can be of differing length (e.g. some poly(A) tails may have undergone more degradation than others). The mRNAs can also be alternatively spliced resulting in differently sized transcripts.
     
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