My professor gave us a bonus question and I have no idea how to go about answering it. He said to research for the answer, but I don't even know where to look or what topic it is. We didn't learn anything close to this type of question. We just finished anaerobes and aerobes. It's due on Wednesday so any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much!
How many nucleotides are required to synthesize a protein that has 11,390 amino acids?
The only hint he gave us is that it's not a lot.
Oct 17, '07
It's kind of a trick question, to me.
When I looked at this yesterday, I thought the same thing as turbohound. Then I thought, "Well, if he wants it to be 'not a lot', perhaps he means how many types of nucleotides are involved" and came to the same conclusion as sarah0119.
Then I thought perhaps he was driving at the number of nucleotides total, including the mRNA and the tRNA (now you have 2x the number referred to by turbohound). Then I thought, "Well, why ignore the nucleotides in the original DNA template?"
I finally decided that the question was too vague to bother with any further, especially just as a bonus.
Oh yeah. Pinky, the topics that you're looking for are "transcription", "translation", and "Protein synthesis" Google those puppies and you'll find far more than you ever wanted to know.
Last edit by ♪♫ in my ♥ on Oct 17, '07