Transcription and RNA Processing

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During transcription, what does the coding strand do? How is it "similar" to RNA?

It doesn't actually do anything, since it's not being read as a template molecule. But we say the information in it is similar to the information in the RNA molecule because it is complementary to the template strand, and so is the RNA molecule you're making. But it's not accuate to say identical, since one is DNA with deoxyriboses and thymines, and the other is RNA with riboses and uracils.

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