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
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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