Making Monsters

Thats right, today in class we will be making monsters based on their DNA code.

First make sure you get BOTH hand outs from the table up front. Then follow the directions on the front page to draw the Monsters on the back page. Here’s what you do:

  1. Use the DNA code to match the mRNA compliments. (Remember: T→A but A→U)
  2. Use the mRNA to match the tRNA compliments.
    1. You can check your work by comparing the tRNA to the DNA; they should be identical except that the ‘T’s have become ‘U’s.
  3. Use the chart at the bottom of the page to determine what amino acid (#) is coded for by each mRNA Codon. Write the number in the Amino Acid section.
  4. Repeat this process for all mRNA codons.
  5. Use the Amino Acid sequence to determine what trait has been coded for by the DNA.
  6. Once all traits have been decoded, draw your MONSTER! Give him/her a name and add any other traits you want including the ones coded by the DNA. The drawings should be neat and colored.
  7. Finally, write down the FULL sequence of DNA from the original DNA provided, as well as the list of traits.

There You Go! That’s how easy it is to make a monster… sort of. Either way, this is great practice doing transcription and translation which are the two steps of Protein Synthesis. So have fun and I’ll see you again soon!

Traduccion (Translation)

(Bio students: Sorry I can not be there with you today. But no worries, I’ve got an easy “Monday After a Long break” Lesson plan for you. The notes are already done for you. Just read through the information below -OR- watch the youtube video. Feel free to highlight or add notes as you go. Then work on:

I’ll be back tomorrow to explain how we will be making monsters… you heard me. Enjoy your day!)

Translation (or Taduccion in Spanish) is the second phase of Protein Synthesis. Last time, we learned about Transcription and the types of RNA. Today, we’ll learn how to convert the “language” of As, Gs, Cs, & Us to Amino Acids and proteins that your body actually “understands”, or uses.


The ‘Start Codon’, AUG, signals the beginning of Translation and where the Ribosome should start adding tRNAs.

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RNA & Transcription

Today in Biology we’ll start our last Unit of the semester… Protein Synthesis. Protein Synthesis is sometimes referred as the “Central Dogma” of Biology, meaning its the key idea. The key idea of protein synthesis is that DNA codes for our traits and that code is used to create proteins that actually are our traits. All other parts of biology either exist because of, or are incorporated with Protein Synthesis.

There are two major parts of protein synthesis:

  1. Transcription: Using DNA → to make RNA
  2. Translation: Using RNA → to make Protein

Today we’ll be focusing on Transcription and the stuff it makes, RNA.

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