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OVERVIEW
Flythrough Tour
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MOLECULAR PROCESSES
Transcription
Regulated Transcription
mRNA Processing
mRNA Splicing
Translation
Lac Operon
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CELLULAR PROCESSES
Protein Trafficking
Protein Modification
Protein Recycling
Insulin Signaling
Constitutive Secretion
Regulated Secretion
Mitochondrial Protein Transport
Mitosis
Meiosis
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CELLULAR ENERGY CONVERSION
Atp Synthase (Gradients)
Electron Transport Chain
Photosynthesis (Light Reaction)
Photosystem II
Glycolysis (Overview)
Glycolysis (Reactions)
Citric Acid Cycle (Overview)
Citric Acid Cycle (Reactions)
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Translation: First Look

The following images attempt to illustrate the process of translation, or protein synthesis, and emphasize some of its most important steps. Clicking on each of the thumbnail images will bring up a larger, labeled version of the described scene.

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The codons found within the mRNA.

The small subunit of the ribosome attached to the mRNA.
A tRNA molecule.
The tRNA anti-codon is complementary to the mRNA codon.
The amino acid known as methionine.
The first tRNA molecule attaches to the first site of translation.
The second tRNA molecule attaches to the second site of translation.
The amino acid from the first tRNA is transferred to the amino acid on the second tRNA.
The first tRNA exits, the ribosome moves, a new tRNA enters, and the process is repeated.
The process is repeated many times, and a peptide, or strand of amino acids, is formed.
The release factor enters.
Translation, or protein synthesis, ends.
The completed peptide is released.