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Explain what is meant when we say the genetic code is degenerate.

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The genetic code is the set of rules used by living cells to translate information encoded within genetic material (DNA or mRNA sequences) into proteins.

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Degeneracy is the redundancy of the genetic code. This term was given by Barnfield and Nirenberg.

Genetic Code being degenerate means that more than one codon can code for ...

Example: arginine is coded by CGU, CGC, CGA, CGG, AGA, AGG
Leucine is coded by UUA, UUG, CUU, CUC, CUA, CUG.
Glycine is coded by GGU, GGC, GGA, GGG.
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Example: arginine is coded by CGU, CGC, CGA, CGG, AGA, AGG Leucine is coded by UUA, UUG, CUU, CUC, CUA, CUG. Glycine is coded by GGU, GGC, GGA, GGG.

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