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What are the similarities between protein synthesis and DNA replication?

Posted June 1, 2022


Protein synthesis is the process of creating protein molecules. DNA replication is the synthesis of a new DNA molecule from an existing DNA molecule. There are several similarities between protein synthesis and DNA replication: 

  • Both processes occur inside the cell
  • Double-stranded DNA molecules are involved in both processes
  • An unwound DNA molecule acts as the initial template in both processes
  • Both processes are essential for organisms to grow, develop, and function 
  • Incorporation of wrong precursor molecules can cause errors to develop in both processes
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