Lecture 4 – Eggs, genes and proteins

From the 1980 programme:

The egg is a single cell from which a chicken develops by the process of cell division. The one cell divides to form two cells, they divide to form four cells and so on. The resultant cells are not all the same. Following the instructions of the master plan which is encoded in the genes they develop in different ways to form the various parts of the whole organism. Some become skin cells, some become kidney cells, others become liver cells and so on, but each carries a complete copy of the master plan.

The genes are made up of DNA and each one produces its effect in the development of the chicken by directing the manufacture of a protein. We shall see how a complex apparatus made of nucleic acids and proteins reads the recipe encoded in the chemical structure of a gene and synthesizes the corresponding protein.



Natural world




Baron David Chilton Phillips



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