Start and Stop Codons
Name: Alice O.
Date: August 2003
What are start and stop codons?
The roles of the start & stop codons in initiating & terminating protein synthesis, respectively,
during the process of translating messenger RNA codons into the sequence of amino acids comprising
proteins is nicely described in the section of Kimball's Biology Pages Online on "The Steps of
I hope that this explanation is helpful for you,
Jeff Buzby, Ph.D.
CHOC Research Institute
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