DNA Transcription (Advanced Detail)
This animation shows how RNA polymerase and other transcription factors interact to transcribe DNA into RNA.
DNA is copied into RNA in a process called genetic transcription. The process starts with transcription factors assembling on a region of a gene called a promoter. An enzyme called RNA polymerase travels along the DNA, unzipping its two strands. The molecule then copies one of the strands of DNA into a strand of RNA.
This animation brings the process to life, showing three-dimensional representations of the molecules involved. Depending on students’ backgrounds, it may be helpful to pause the animation at various points to identify the molecules and describe their interactions.
central dogma, gene expression, initiation, messenger RNA (mRNA), nucleotide, promoter, RNA polymerase, template, transcription factor
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Accessibility Level (WCAG compliance)
AP Biology (2019)
IB Biology (2016)
Vision and Change (2009)