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Cell and Molecular Biology for Environmental Engineers by Ryan Rogers

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CHAPTER 6

GENE EXPRESSION AND MUTATION

6.1 GENES

The most explosive field in modern biology is genetics. This is supported by recent progress in genomics, genetic engineering, and gene editing. In short, a great deal has been learned about gene expression, which has allowed for manipulation of molecular machinery to enhance health as new therapies are developed. The molecular unit of heredity is the gene . Genes are stretches of DNA that encode information to produce a functional product (Berk and Zipursky 2000; Freeman et al. 2016; Watson et al. 2013). Up until recently, it was assumed that a gene product was always a protein; however, in light of the RNA revolution, it is now understood that some genes code for functional noncoding RNAs (Cech ...

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