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This video (14:08) is eleventh in the Crash Course Biology series.Hank imagines himself breaking into the Hot Pockets factory to steal their secret recipes and instruction manuals in order to help us understand how the processes known as DNA transcription and translation allow our cells to build proteins. Table of Contents:1) Transcription 2:12A) Transcription Unit 3:00B) Promoter 3:10C) TATA Box 3:32D) RNA Polymerase 4:12E) mRNA 4:15F) Termination signal 5:21G) 5' Cap & Poly-A Tail 5:342) RNA Splicing 6:08A) SNuRPs & Spliceosome 6:26B) Exons & Introns 6:563) Translation 7:28A) mRNA & tRNA 8:01B) Triplet Codons & Anticodons 8:394) Folding & Protein Structure 10:51A) Primary Structure 11:11B) Secondary Structure 11:23C) Tertiary Structure 11:58D) Quaternary Structure 12:44


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DNA transcription translation gene RNA enzyme transcription unit adenine thymine cytosine guanine TATA box DNA strand mRNA messenger RNA RNA polymerase uracil termination signal RNA splicing SNuRPs spliceosome exons introns ribosome tRNA transfer RNA amino acid nitrogenous base codon anticodon polypeptide chain folding helix pleated sheets protein biosynthesis gene expression



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SCI.9-12.SC.912.L.16.5: Science

Explain the basic processes of transcription and translation, and how they result in the expression of genes.

SCI.9-12.SC.912.L.16.6: Science

Discuss the mechanisms for regulation of gene expression in prokaryotes and eukaryotes at transcription and translation level.
Curriki Rating
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On a scale of 0 to 3

This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 3, as of 2014-08-06.

Component Ratings:

Technical Completeness: 3
Content Accuracy: 3
Appropriate Pedagogy: 0

Reviewer Comments:

Brothers John and Hank Green have created these engaging and accurate “crash course” videos on topics ranging from chemistry to world history, biology, literature, and ecology.  Each video is 10 – 15 minutes long and suitable for all ages, though the content (and humor) may be best suited for middle school through adult learners.  You can learn more about the specific contents of this particular video (from the Biology collection) by clicking the information tab above.  These videos serve multiple purposes well from use in the classroom to facilitating one’s own lifelong learning.  
Curriki Review System
August 6, 2014
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