ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

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.

View full profile.


Learn about our editorial policies.

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.

© PENS AND BEETLES STUDIOS

Read the full story.

Interested in reading more?

The Scientist ARCHIVES

Become a Member of

Receive full access to more than 35 years of archives, as well as TS Digest, digital editions of The Scientist, feature stories, and much more!
Already a member?
ADVERTISEMENT