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When talking about bases, codons, and amino acids, how do they all relate? If three bases = 1 codon and there are 61 (aa specifying) codons, wouldn't there be 61 types of aa's (now i know there are only 20)? My question is... can three (61 codons / 20 aa's) different codons specify the same amino acid?


Yes, this ability for more than one of the codons to specify the same amino acid is called degeneracy, and is one of the fundamental properties of the genetic code and translation.

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