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RNA Synthesis

  1. Ronny I Drapkin1,
  2. Danny F Reinberg2

Published Online: 22 MAR 2002

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0000843



How to Cite

Drapkin, R. I. and Reinberg, D. F. 2002. RNA Synthesis. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. 1

    Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

  2. 2

    Howard Hughes Medical Institute, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Piscataway, New Jersey, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 22 MAR 2002


Transcription is the process of RNA synthesis in which the information stored in DNA is converted to RNA by an enzyme called RNA polymerase. Transcription constitutes a complex reaction whose essential features have been evolutionarily preserved from bacteria to mammals.


  • RNA polymerase;
  • transcription cycle;
  • promoter clearance;
  • elongation;
  • termination