The genetic code

  • Peter Smith-Keary
Part of the Macmillan Work Out Series book series (MCWO)


Most structural genes act by specifying the primary structures of specific protein molecules and, since the only difference between one gene and another lies in their nucleotide sequences, it follows that the particular nucleotide sequence of a gene must determine the amino acid sequence of the protein encoded by that gene. This is the sequence hypothesis first stated by Francis Crick in 1958. The way this information is stored is referred to as the genetic code.


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© Peter Smith-Keary 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter Smith-Keary
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  1. 1.LeominsterUK

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