Friday, August 9 • 1:30pm - 2:20pm

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The central dogma of life states that genes, written in DNA and transcribed into RNA, code for proteins. Three nucleic acids code for a single amino acid. This three-to-one coding scheme is a fundamental biological concept. In this activity, young students become familiar with the genetic code using arts and crafts. RNA messages are written on slips of paper and nucleotides are represented as colored symbols rather than A, U, C, and G. Amino acids are represented as their single-letter codes in order to spell words as representations of proteins. Although the genetic code is simplified in this activity, the logic is biologically accurate. Three symbols code for one letter. Participants have a choice of writing RNA transcripts with four stamp markers or decoding written transcripts using custom-made alphabet stamps that have codons as labels, matched with the correct letter of the alphabet when you stamp them. In this way, students perform a fun hands-on simulation of protein synthesis.


Julia Martien

UW Madison Bacteriology

Friday August 9, 2019 1:30pm - 2:20pm
Landmark 3rd Floor

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