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consensus and a conserved sequence

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consensus and a conserved sequence

Postby jiahooij » Sat Mar 26, 2005 8:47 pm

Hi all! Can any kind souls please tell me what are the differences between a consensus and a conserved sequence :lol: ?
Thanks in advance :lol:
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Postby Poison » Sat Mar 26, 2005 10:50 pm

please do not post into 2 different boards.
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Postby GreenDog » Sun Mar 27, 2005 9:38 am

Well, a conserved sequence is a sequence that repeats without changes, or almost without changes in a group of organisms. Conserved sequences are often enzyme active sites, or sites crucial to regulation or tertary structure formation.
A consensus is usually associated with regulation. Such sequence marks a regulatory region in a group of organisms, for example TATA box related to transcription, or UAA box related to splicing.
(Consensus are naturally conserved, but you don’t call them that way…)
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