pline of "whole cell biochemistry." The complete sequence of an organism's DNA, its genome, is now available for organisms ranging from viruses to bacteria to multicellular eukaryotes (see Table 1-4). Genes are being discovered by the millions, including many that encode proteins with no known function. To describe the entire protein complement encoded by an organism's DNA, researchers have coined the term proteome. As described in Chapter 9, the new disciplines of genomics and proteomics are complementing work carried out on cellular intermediary metabolism and nucleic acid metabolism to provide a new and increasingly complete picture of biochemistry at the level of cells and even organisms.

Amino acid sequence (protein) Gln-Tyr-Pro-Thr-Ile-Trp i-ii-II-II-II-II-1


FIGURE 3-28 Correspondence of DNA and amino acid sequences.

Each amino acid is encoded by a specific sequence of three nucleotides in DNA. The genetic code is described in detail in Chapter 27.

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