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How do ambiguity and degeneracy apply to the genetic code? Is it unambiguous because you always know what amino acid a codon will code for? Is it degenerate because multiple codons can code for an amino acid? What do you mean when you say tRNA is generic?


Yes, what you said for both degenerate and ambiguous are correct. When I refer to a tRNA as a generic structure, as opposed to a specific structure, I mean that a given charged tRNA molecule, let's say carrying Proline, doesn't care what protein gets that proline. It's just looking for a ribosome to contribute its amino acid to.

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