RNA & Protein Synthesis

In our earlier books, we put DNA and RNA together in a single chapter on molecular biology. This time around, we realized that it would sense to separate the two for the sake of student understanding - there was simple so much to cover that separating the topics made sense. In this chapter we focus on the production and the use of RNA molecules in the cell, as well as the process of translation on ribosomes. The Chapter Mystery, on the effects of the PAX-6 gene, helps to drive the point home that certain genes may be strongly homologous in their function, even in organisms separated by hundreds of millions of years of evolution.

Biological Information

PAX-6 is one of the most interesting genes in terms of the diversity of its effects on development.