What is DNA video
• Video united streaming Hershey and Chase
Experiment: “DNA Carries Genetic Material”
A Segment of: Greatest Discoveries with Bill
Nye: Genetics (2:05)
In the nucleus of a cell, wound up as
chromosomes is the chemical: Deoxyribonucleic
A Nucleotide: has 3 pieces
• Phosphate group
• Deoxyribose Sugar
• Nitrogen Base
Nucleotides form a repeating pattern
In 1953, Watson and Crick created
their historic model of the shape of
DNA: the double helix.
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workbench DNA to proteins
• DNA consists
of two long,
made up of
• The bases in DNA nucleotides are adenine,
thymine, cytosine, and guanine.
• Adenine bonds to Thymine
• Guanine bonds to Cytosine
The Secret to Life
• Discovering the structure “one of the greatest
scientific breakthroughs of the 20th century”
• Video on united streaming: “The Double
Helix” A Segment of: Greatest Discoveries
with Bill Nye: Genetics (4:04)
The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
"for their discoveries concerning the molecular
structure of nucleic acids and its significance for
information transfer in living material"
1/3 of the prize
1/3 of the prize
1/3 of the prize
United Kingdom and New
Other scientists involved
• Rosalind Franklin
• Took pictures using x ray crystallography
– DNA is helical (twisted)
– DNA is made of two strands of
Scientists whose work added pieces of
the DNA structure puzzle
What was their experiment what did it prove:
• Fredrick Griffith:
• Oswald Avery:
• Alfred Hershey and Martha Chase:
• Erwin Chargaff:
• Rosalind Franklin
• definition: DNA making
a copy of itself.
• Complimentary bases:
each strand of DNA can
be used to make the
• Each new DNA double
helix is ½ original and ½
Diagram from textbook
• The process is “semiconservative
DNA replication and protein synthesis online simulation
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DNA Polymerase enzymes
• This is the enzyme joins
on the “unzipped” DNA
• It also “proofreads” the
new strand to make sure
it is copied correctly.
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• DNA is the code that instructs a cell to make proteins.
• Proteins make up roughly ½ of the material in cells and are an
important part of the chemical reactions that cells do.
• Proteins are made of polypeptides – chains of amino acids.
Protein Synthesis happens in two parts:
• Transcription: DNA
transcribed into mRNA
• Translation: mRNA is
used to put together
amino acids forming
DNA versus RNA
has deoxyribose sugar
is double stranded
is only in the nucleus
Bases: Adenine, Thymine, Cytosine,
has ribose sugar
is single stranded
is in the nucleus & cytoplasm outside
Bases: Adenine, Uracil, Cytosine,
• DNA is separated and
messenger RNA bases
pair up to the DNA to
form a strand of mRNA.
• mRNA takes the code
from the DNA in the
nucleus to the ribosome
in the cytoplasm
• mRNA made from DNA
• mRNA travels out of
• A Ribosome attaches to
• 3 bases of mRNA (codon)
pair with 3 bases of tRNA
• The proper amino acid is
transferred to the ribosome
by the tRNA.
• Ribosome attaches amino
acids to form protein
mRNA = messenger RNA
tRNA= transfer RNA
• tRNA “anticodon”
matches to mRNA
• Amino Acids connected
to form polypeptide
mRNA and tRNA
• Messenger RNA, mRNA
– Takes DNA code from
nucleus to ribosome
• Transfer RNA, tRNA
– Each tRNA has 1 amino acid
attached to it to transfer
them to the ribosome
Deciphering the genetic code
Which codon = which amino acid?
Use a genetic code tool to help figure it out.
• Multiple codons code
for the same amino
• 20 amino acids combine in
unique ways to form
• Transcribe the following DNA
• Translate the following mRNA into tRNA
How many codons are contained in this
What amino acids are coded for by the m RNA
- methionine, asparagine, arginine
• The polypeptide was started with the “start”
codon of mRNA (AUG) which codes for
• Amino acids continue to attach to each other
until a “stop” codon from the mRNA instructs
the polypeptide chain to be release from the
• The chemical structure of everyone's DNA is the
• The order of bases making up everyone’s DNA is
• Every person can be identified by the sequence of
their base pairs.
Website create a DNA fingerprint
The process of DNA fingerprinting
1. Extract DNA
2. Use chemicals to cut the long strands of DNA into much
smaller segments. Each segment has a specific length, but all
of them share the same repeating sequence of bases (or
3. Use a process called gel electrophoresis to separate these
repeating segments according to length.
4. Next, they introduce a small set of radioactive "markers" to
the sample. Photographic film, which darkens when exposed
to the radioactive markers, identifies the location of all
marked sample segments.
5. This film, then, becomes the DNA "fingerprint" that forensic
investigators analyze. Compare
What is a mutation? A mutation is a change in the DNA sequence.
Germline mutations, which can affect reproductive cells, can be passed on to
Somatic mutations, which affect other cells, cannot be passed on.
• When one nucleotide is replaced with another, it is called a substitution mutation.
For example, changing ATCG to ATAG.
• When a nucleotide is added into the sequence, it is called an insertion mutation.
For example, changing ATCG to ATGCG.
• When a nucleotide is lost from the DNA sequence, it is called a deletion mutation.
For example, changing ATCG to ACG.
The result of mutation
• a silent mutation. This is a change from one codon to another that codes for
the exact same amino acid. It has no effect on the amino acid sequence of
the resulting protein.
• Stop codons don't code for an amino acid, as do other codons. Instead, they
signal the end of the protein. Inserting a stop codon into the sequence will
cause translation to stop there.
• A frame-shift occurs when an insertion or deletion
shifts nucleotides over, while the reading frame
stays in place.
G changed to A
What is the result of this substitution?
Gene mutation versus chromosomal
• Gene mutations result from changes of a
single gene, a small portion of a chromosomes
• Chromosomal mutation result from changes in
a whole chromosome and affect many genes