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This learning module provides information needed to understand how the digitally encoded information in DNA is translated into a functional protein that can be used for biomedical applications.  Activities delve deeper into protein structure and function as well as gene transcription.

This learning module contains of the following:

  • Pre-test:  Knowledge Probe (KP)
  • Reading:  DNA to Protein Overview
  • Presentation:  DNA to Protein Overview (pdf)
  • Activity:  Protein Structure and Function
  • Activity:  Gene Transcription
  • Assessment

Instructor materials for this learning module are available here.

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This work made possible by Southwest Center for Microsystems Education (SCME), a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded Center through DUE grants #0830384, 0902411, and 1205138. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and creators, and do not necessarily reflect the views of the NSF. 

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Researchers should cite this work as follows:

  • Southwest Center for Microsystems Education (SCME) (2017), "DNA to Protein Overview Learning Module,"

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