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DNA contains the instructions to create proteins, but it does not make proteins itself. DNA is located in the nucleus, which it never leaves, while proteins are made on ribosomes in the cytoplasm. So DNA needs a messenger to bring its instructions to a ribosome located outside of the nucleus.

CK-12 (Middle School)

ESSENTIAL QUESTION:

What role does RNA play in protein synthesis?
STANDARDS:
RST.4 - Key Terms

DEPTH OF KNOWLEDGE (DOK) LEVELS:

1,3
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