why is the genetic code degenerate?

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need answer asap pls

Posted Mon 23rd May, 2011 @ 09:29 by smileyface

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Degenerate code means that there are more variations in triplet codes than there are amino acids.

There are around 20 organic amino acids and the minimum number of bases that can code for 20 amino acids is 3. So there are 64 different codes available coding for 20 amino acids, so some of the 64 codes will code for the same amino acid.

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Answered Mon 23rd May, 2011 @ 14:35 by will