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Types of RNA

Types of RNA

Author: Nathan Lampson

This lesson will introduce the three types of RNA and describe how they are used within a cell.

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Ribonucleic acid is a form of genetic information that codes for proteins known as RNA.  There are different types of RNA.
Messenger RNA (mRNA)
A single stranded copy of DNA that is copied during a process called transcription.  Transcription is where a copy of DNA is made that is used to synthesize proteins.
Ribosomal RNA (rRNA)
rRNA attaches amino acids to each other that are produced during protein synthesis.
Transfer RNA (tRNA)
tRNA transfers amino acids to ribosomes so that they can be put in order and form the correct protein during protein synthesis.

Types of RNA