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Protein Coding

  1. Gane Ka-Shu Wong1,2

Published Online: 23 SEP 2005

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0005017



How to Cite

Wong, G. K.-S. 2005. Protein Coding. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA

  2. 2

    Beijing Institute of Genomics, Beijing, China

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 23 SEP 2005

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Protein-coding genes can be organized into families of similar function, structure and sequence, according to their shared evolutionary histories. Individual proteins are modularly constructed of domains, which are often rearranged on evolutionary timescales to create functionally novel proteins.


  • genetic code;
  • codon usage;
  • gene family;
  • domain;
  • alternative splicing