What is a Gene, Heres the answer!

Przemko przemko at reks.uia.ac.be
Mon Feb 21 07:13:36 EST 1994


In article <2k8bfv$n18 at usenet.INS.CWRU.Edu> ef949 at cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Mark Petrie) writes:
>
>hi i couldnt help but notice all the many posts
>on the topic what is a gene, and what is life. Let me
>first say that im still a student of biology, but hope to
>join the ranks of a Phd canidate soon.. I recall from my notes
>in biology as the definition of a gene to be "Any unit of
>instruction for heritable traits. It is a linear sequence of
>nucleotides that call for the assembly of a sequence of specific
>amino acids into a polypeptide chain" 
>I think thats a pretty acurate descrition, and I dont believe
>there any any exeptions to my definition.
>                                                       Mark:)

except, perhaps, for the genes coding for tRNA and rRNA. Can't see
polypeptides there. Ah, and pseudogenes? Ah, another one, how about
viral genes that, from the same (well, almost) piece od DNA get you
different proteins depending on the frameshift.
Przemko




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