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Nonambiguity refers to the fact that codon X will always code for the same amino acid. Degeneracy refers to the fact that an amino acid can be coded for by many codons. I rephrase the question to get to the gist of things: Why do certain mutations cause no difference for protein synthesis, while others make a big difference? Certain mutations can ...


Unfortunately it is often taught that mRNA is linear, but this is not true at all. Nucleotides within mRNA can form intra-molecular hydrogen bonds with other nucleotides, creating secondary structures, interactions between these secondary structures results in tertiary structures. mRNAs have highly variable secondary structures, primarily due to differences ...

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