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Understanding Cancer Series

  • Posted: 01/28/2005
  • Reviewed: 09/01/2006

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Building proteins lies at the heart of cell function.

For a cell to make a protein, the information from a gene is copied, base by base, from a strand of DNA into a strand of messenger RNA. Messenger RNA travels out of the nucleus into the cytoplasm, to cell organelles called ribosomes. There, messenger RNA directs the assembly of amino acids that fold into a completed protein molecule.