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No One's Faithful Anymore

Genetic Diversity: RNA-DNA Mismatches Widespread

By Anette Breindl


Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Transcription is seen as the faithful copying of genetic instructions from one language into another: a given DNA base, so the idea goes, will be transcribed into a strictly predictable RNA base – DNA's C becomes RNA's G and vice versa, and so forth, except for the odd error every 10,000 bases or so.

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