Introduction to Transcription

What you’ll learn to do: Outline the process of transcription

Have you ever had to transcribe something? Maybe someone left a message on your voicemail, and you had to write it down on paper. Or maybe you took notes in class, then rewrote them neatly to help you review.

As these examples show, transcription is a process in which information is rewritten. Transcription is something we do in our everyday lives, and it’s also something our cells must do, in a more specialized and narrowly defined way. In biology, transcription is the process of copying out the DNA sequence of a gene in the similar alphabet of RNA.


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