translating DNA question

Tony Hirst monty at watson.open.ac.uk
Fri Jul 21 11:49:09 EST 1995


Another novice question....

the complementary strands of DNA, when trnascribed between two points, will
translate to two different sequences depending on which strand of the helix
is transcribed.

Qn: are the decoded complementary sequences both necessarily 'useful' (i.e.
not nonsensical) or does DNA employ complementarity solely to facilatate
replication and repair? The obverse of this is that as well as multiple
coding over a single sequence through frameshifts, multiple coding is
achieved through DNA's dual-strand nature.....

Rep[ies via email preferably, or to the CSTB list
(Majordomo at biome.bio.ns.cs)...

thanks in advance

tony hirst

ps - replies to my previously posted 'genetic code & mutation rates' are
still sought after..

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