Transcription and RNA Processing

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In transcription in E. coli, are the end results the original double stranded DNA and an RNA that double stranded onto itself? If so, is the RNA an exact copy of the DNA?

Most regions of a mRNA molecule don't form intrastrand base pairs. If they did, there'd be no ss-RNA to "feed" to a ribosome. So no, an RNA molecule isn't an exact copy of anything, but it IS a similar sequence to the coding strand of DNA in that gene, and complementary to the template strand.

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