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The two tasks are quite different. Aligning means comparing sequences to find differences between them. Assembling means that you take a bunch of short sequences and try to stitch them back together to reconstitute the original DNA sequence. Fig1: Screen capture from DNA Baser Assembler of an 'assembly to reference'. The reference is in purple color. The ...


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A Reverse Translatase, if it was discovered, would be the biggest discovery in biology (maybe in science generally?) in the last 30 years. We would LOVE to be able to treat proteins as strings of information in the same way as we do nucleotides. But there are good theoretical reasons why it's unlikely. As already mentioned above - the RNA->protein map isn't ...


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"Reverse translation" Translation is the process by which an mRNA is "translated" into a protein. It is impossible to get the exact DNA sequence from the protein sequence because a large number different DNA strands could code for the exact same proteins. In other words, there is a loss of information in the translation process. See codon redundancy and I ...



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