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What is a Gene?


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Our Story
You may have trouble finding a matching pair of socks in the morning. Well, think about finding a gene amongst the few billion nucleotides that comprise the human genome! In this tour, we'll confront the problem of how to find a gene, which will lead us to the question: What exactly is a gene?

To answer this question, we have to look at real sequences and real genes. Perhaps some generalities will pop out that enable us to come up with a definition.

Tour Overview

  1. Preliminaries: Genes and gene coordinates
  2. What is the beginning of a gene?
  3. What determines the beginning of a protein-encoding gene?
  4. What is the end of a gene?
  5. Final comment