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This activity is great for introducing students to the process of translation.
After students have been introduced to the complementary base-pairing system and to the relationship between amino acids and proteins, this simple cut-and-match activity allows them to play the role of the ribosome. The mRNA codons only include G and C so that students can do the activity before being introduced to uracil.
Cut the strip of mRNA
Cut out the tRNAs and their amino acids
Build a polypeptide.