Explore how the code embedded in DNA is translated into a protein.

Click Transcribe to zoom into the cell nucleus and see the chromosome unravel to expose the strands of DNA. The DNA separates and an mRNA strand is created by matching complementary nucleotides.

Click Translate to watch the mRNA leave the nucleus for the cytoplasm and attach to a ribosome. tRNA molecules bring in amino acids and the amino acids are added in the correct order by matching complementary nucleotides.

After translation, inspect the protein to see how the amino acid sequence folded.


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The Next-Generation Molecular Workbench was developed with a grant from Google.org. The original Classic Molecular Workbench was supported by a series of grants from the National Science Foundation.

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