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This tutorial explains the process of Transcription which is the synthesis of RNA from a DNA template. In addition, it also addresses:
-editing the original transcript to produce the mature RNA
-alternative splicing.

Source: M. O'Mahony, open source images

Transcription - finish

These few slides address Alternative Splicing and provide a summary slide of Transcription.

Source: M. O'Mahony, open source figures.

Transcription Notes Template

Student Notes Template to go with the tutorial for this session.

Full Screen

Source: M. O'Mahony, open source images

BioCoach: Transcription

The BIology Place:  Classic Edition ... BioCoach activity for Transcription.


Source: Prentice-Hall: The Biology Place - Classic Edition

Drew Barry-Astonishing Molecular Machines

This is the Biological Artist who creates the most AMAZING visual graphics to explain complex biological concepts with Harvard/MIT and his own company now.

THEN, on top of the brilliance, it's about Transcription.

Source: TedTalk - Sidney 2011 (YouTube)

The Central Dogma of Biology

A 3D animation shows how the DNA genetic "code" leads to proteins that help us develop and function.

Source: DNA Learning Centre

Transcription - Animation


John Kyrk makes nice animations of some key principles in Bio.

Source: John Kryk


Transcription is the process by which the information in DNA is copied into messenger RNA (mRNA) for protein production.
Originally created for DNA Interactive ( http://www.dnai.org ).

Source: DNA Learning Centre - YouTube Channel


Go to: http://www.dnalc.org/resources/animations/

look for and view the animations:

  • RNA Splicing

Source: Dolan DNA Learning Centre

NOVA: Cracking the Code of Life

A neat visualization of some of the terms we have been talking about like Introns and Exons as well as terms like Ancient Code, Hitchhiking Code...  and what they mean.

What is particularly good is the visualization of the SIZES of DNA involved.


Source: PBS NOVA

DNA to Protein Animation


This activity takes you from DNA to RNA, then further on to Proteins.

Just the first part (to RNA, and RNA processing) is relevant to this tutorial.

Source: The Molecular Workbench