Genetic code computer

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Genetic code computer

A simple device to determine the amino acid corresponding to a particular mRNA codon

 

Summary
Three wheels are dialed to give a codon and the coresponding amino acid appears in a window. This is a novel alternative to genetic code tables.

Educational objectives
A visual aid in understanding the process of translation.

Pre-knowledge and skills required by students
Students will need to understand the process of translation.

Time taken in lesson
40 minutes

Preparation time
40 minutes

Specialist equipment and materials required
A colour printer; card; a hole punch.

Context where originally used
Used with 16–19 year-old students in Luxembourg.

Additional information
The card needs to be cut into discs. This can be done with scissors or using a special cutting device designed specfically for the purpose. A description and pictures of this device are included.

Author
Fernand Schroeder

Author's address
European School Luxembourg 1
23 Blvd Konrad Adenauer
Luxembourg
L-1115

Copyright HOLDER(s)
Copyright © Fernand Schroeder, 2007

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