TRANSLATION RACE

Protein Synthesis is a hard concept to understand, but it can be related to something we all know. Remember that the building blocks of proteins are amino acids. What are the building blocks of sentences? WORDS! We can use the process of protein synthesis to decode or translate DNA messages into sentences!

If you look around the room, you will notice several cards with letters on them. These three letter sequences are called CODONS. If you flip the tRNA codon cards over, you will see a word (aka amino acid). When you put all these words together, you will get a sentence (aka protein).

Below are 16 DNA sequences for transcribing & translating. Your computer will represent the nucleus. Remember, DNA is much to large & important to leave the nucleus, so don't move your computer! You should copy your sequences on to the paper. You will need a few sheets of paper for this. Work in groups of two to three. When you think you have transcribed and translated all the DNA sequences to the best of your ability, see Shawler to check! Good Luck and Happy Sentence Synthesis!

DNA SEQUENCES FOR TRANSCRIBING AND TRANSLATING 

  1. TACGCTTCCGCCTTTACT

     

  2. TACGCAGGCCATTTCACT
     

  3. TACTTATGCTGGTGAACT

     
  4. TACTGTTCTTCCTCAACT

     
  5. TACTTATCGTATTAGACT

     
  6. TACGCGTAAGTTGTGACT

     
  7. TACGCGTGCGTCGTAACT

     
  8. TACGGAGGCGGTGGGACT

     
  9. TACGATGAGGACGAAACT

     
  10. TACCTTCTGCTCCTAACT

     
  11. TACCCTCACATCAGTACT

     
  12. TACAGCCCGCATCCAACT

     
  13. TACCGTAGAACCAATACT

     
  14. TACAAACACCAGCGCACT

     
  15. TACAACATACCCAGGACT
     

  16. TACAAGACACAAACGACT