Infographic: Polymerase Pausing Halts Transcription

Using a drug to freeze RNA polymerase II on Drosophila DNA, researchers found that transcription could not continue.

Shawna Williams
Shawna Williams

Shawna joined The Scientist in 2017 and is now a senior editor and news director. She holds a bachelor's degree in biochemistry from Colorado College and a graduate certificate and science communication from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

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Sep 30, 2017

During gene expression, multiple RNA polymerase II enzymes commonly transcribe a gene simultaneously.

© PENS AND BEETLES STUDIOSBut if a polymerase pauses on the gene, no new transcription is initiated until it restarts.

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