3.5 Transcription and Translation

Start at the Learn.Genetics Firefly overview.

Core (for everyone):

Click4Biology page


More Animations & Resources:

Learn.Genetics @ Utah

Transcribe and Translate(good, basic, interactive)

How do fireflies glow? (puts it in context)

University of Nebraska:

Protein Synthesis overview

St. Olaf College

Transcription (clear and simple)

Translation (clear and simple)


A bit of fun

  1. Race to transcribe and translate this gene
  2. Learn about the four levels of protein structure here
  3. Have a go at real science & tech in action – Foldit!


Additional Higher Level: jump to the AHL page

Here are two cool (and accurate) animations from WEHI TV:


And now for some Protein Synthesis in action:

Red Tide Surfing San Diego 2011 Bioluminescence from Loghan Call on Vimeo.

  1. I guess I’ll thank you here, even though I’ve been using many other pages as well.

    Thank you!!!

  2. Hi,
    I’m sorry but im still a little confused about mRNA and tRNA….How do you do distinguish between them?
    Thank you 🙂

  3. Hi Stephen,

    I love your Essential Biology packets, but I can’t seem to make any of the links to SlideShare work recently…. The only way I can download them now is to click on “share” and email the SlideShare link to myself. Not sure if it a glitch in the code on your site or a user error on my part. 🙂

    Thanks again for posting such amazing resources!


  4. Really like this site. Good job!

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