The sequence of nucleotide
s, coded in triplets (codon
s) along the mRNA
, that determines the sequence of amino acid
s in protein synthesis
. The DNA sequence of a gene
can be used to predict the mRNA sequence, and the genetic code can in turn be used to predict the amino acid sequence. The amino acids, in turn, are used to build the organism in question.
From the BioTech Dictionary at http://biotech.icmb.utexas.edu/. For further information see the BioTech homenode.