Proteins are so important for your body, but how are they made? We'll go over the steps of transcription and translation and the roles that ribosomes, DNA, and RNA play. We'll also compare and contrast RNA and DNA and explain the three different types of RNA. Come learn and laugh with the zany Amoeba Sisters!


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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.
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This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 3, as of 2014-01-06.

Component Ratings:

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

Reviewer Comments:

This video (part of a series) is equal part whimsy and science and is appropriate for an introductory high school biology course. This video describes protein synthesis, giving specific details about both translation and transcription. The content is presented clearly and simply, and the narrator includes tips and real-life examples to help clarify concepts and vocabulary. The content specifically follows Texas TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills), but would be helpful for biology students everywhere! The Amoeba Sisters (real-life educators who choose to keep their identify private) created this series to help clarify some of the science concepts that high school students find especially difficult. You can see the Amoeba Sister’s most current videos on their YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/AmoebaSisters
Janet Pinto

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