DNA Structure and Replication

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You mentioned the word "template" today, and the fact that it's going to be an important part in the next month or so of lectures, so I just wanted to clarify exactly what it was. I wrote down that it was information in DNA that is used to make RNA, and that process is called transcription. If that's correct, great. But if there's something else you can tell us to help clarify, I'd greatly appreciate it.


Sounds like you've got it clear for transcription. The term "template" is a bit more general however, and can be applied to any single stranded molecule (DNA or RNA) which is used as "instructions" for synthesizing a complementary strand (DNA or RNA). So that includes DNA replication as well as transcription, but you've got the concept which is what's important.

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