Nucleic Acid Structure and Function

Nucleic Acid Structure and Function

by Kevin Ahern, PhD

Nucleic acids are simple molecules that play an important role in the storage and transfer of all genetic material. In a way, they serve as the genetic blueprints for all cells and viruses.

In this course, students will learn about the two basic structures of nucleic acids, DNA and RNA. Though they have a similar structure, their functions are very different. The course material will guide students through replication, transcription, and translation—important mechanisms that allow cells to replicate their genetic material, create an RNA transcript, and subsequently translate that RNA transcript into usable proteins. It will also cover high-yield DNA topics such as ATGC base-pairing, DNA replication enzymes, cross-linking helix structures, and common ways DNA can be damaged or mutated. The course goes on to cover protein synthesis in great detail, and students will become familiar with ribosomes, translation complexes, and using the genetic code table to translate RNA transcripts into amino acids chains using codons.

Course Details

  • Videos 9
  • Duration 0:38 h
  • Quiz questions 19
  • Concept Pages 6


Your Educators of course Nucleic Acid Structure and Function

 Kevin Ahern, PhD

Kevin Ahern, PhD

Dr. Kevin Ahern is a Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at Oregon State University (OSU), USA.
He obtained his PhD in Biochemistry from Oregon State University. Currently, he teaches courses for health sciences students at OSU.
He is co-author of three Open Educational electronic textbooks on Biochemistry and a Guide to Getting Into Medical School.
Due to his achievements, he earned OSU’s highest teaching recognition, the Elizabeth P. Ritchie Distinguished Professor Award in 2017.
Within Lecturio, Dr. Ahern teaches courses on Biochemistry and on "How to Get into Medical School”.

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Excellent, I highly recommend this course, I was able to understand everything.
By Bianca Vianey R. on 06. March 2024 for Nucleic Acid Structure and Function

I loved this course, my study was easier and more efficient due to the way everything was explained in such a simple way.

By shalu b. on 25. April 2021 for Nucleotides – DNA, RNA and the Genetic Code

Beautiful and very good explanation . easy slides. thankyou. study matter also provided

By Joseph A. on 08. September 2020 for Translation – DNA, RNA and the Genetic Code

Good explanation. Pretty bad diagram. Animation probably would work better.

By Daniela B. on 15. June 2019 for TRNA Charging and Ribosomes – DNA, RNA and the Genetic Code

Explains it completely from the start to the end , everything is clear and simple . The structure is very easy to understand.