What's the structural difference between mRNA and RNA?

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What's the structural difference between mRNA and RNA?
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What's the structural difference between mRNA and RNA?
Hi there,
RNA refers any single-stranded molecule that is transcribed from DNA, and mRNA is one of those. mRNA is read by ribosomes at the start of translation to build proteins. So technically they are the same i.e. contain the same bases and are both single-stranded, but mRNA is a type of RNA that is read by ribosomes which is unique from the other types of RNA.
Sorry if this is confusing but I hope it helps
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Hi there,
RNA refers any single-stranded molecule that is transcribed from DNA, and mRNA is one of those. mRNA is read by ribosomes at the start of translation to build proteins. So technically they are the same i.e. contain the same bases and are both single-stranded, but mRNA is a type of RNA that is read by ribosomes which is unique from the other types of RNA.
Sorry if this is confusing but I hope it helps
That's so helpful, thank you!!!!
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What's the structural difference between mRNA and RNA?
Although BioKnowsBest11 gave a good and detailed answer, there is a difference in the nucleotides in detail: the RNA has an uracil as such, the DNA has a thymine instead. Both are complementary to adenine in the structure.
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Although BioKnowsBest11 gave a good and detailed answer, there is a difference in the nucleotides in detail: the RNA has an uracil as such, the DNA has a thymine instead. Both are complementary to adenine in the structure.
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Thank you! All these comments have been extremely helpful!
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