Making Sense of the Genetic Code: Codon Recognition


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A scientist identifies two different structures that both specify the same amino acid. How would the scientist describe these structures?

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1. Because the same codons specify the same amino acids in nearly all organisms, we say that the genetic code is _____.

2. The ability of codons to match with the appropriate amino acids is called _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Codon recognition is an important concept in the study of genetics, and this quiz/worksheet will help you test your understanding of it as well as related genetic principles.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on the following:

  • Manufacturing human insulin through bacteria
  • Letters used in the codon chart
  • Ability of codons to match with the appropriate amino acids
  • Characteristics of the genetic code

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson on the genetic code
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding amino acids
  • Knowledge application - use what you have learned to identify the letters used in the codon chart

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the accompanying lesson titled Making Sense of the Genetic Code: Codon Recognition. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define translation and codon recognition
  • Know the function of tRNA
  • Understand the role of anticodons
  • Idenitfy what constitutes degenerate codons
  • Recognize the components of the universal genetic code