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transcriptionTranskription (ger.)

  • The process by which genetic information represented by the sequence of nucleotides in the DNA of a cell or virus is copied into molecules of RNA, which are synthesized with the DNA serving as a template. (OED 2014)  

    The second process, which we shall call transcription, allows the gene to perform its physiological function.

    Jacob, F. & Monod, J. (1961). On the regulation of gene activity. Cold Spring Harbor Symp. Quant. Biol. 26, 193-211: 193.


    transcription Synthesis of messenger RNA from a DNA molecule acting as a template; cf. translation.

    Lincoln, R.J., Boxshall, G.A. & Clark, P.F. (1982). A Dictionary of Ecology, Evolution and Systematics: 249.