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Unformatted text preview: art 5 (a) Hypothetical genes are sequences that are flanked by start and stop codons (these and other features of the genetic code are described in Chapter 15) and are therefore thought to encode a protein, but the existence of the hypothetical protein encoded by the gene has not been confirmed. (b) Chromosome sequences and bioinformatics analysis may reveal the presence of start and stop codons, which indicates that the intervening sequence may be a gene capable of encoding a protein. Scientists will often then compare the hypothetical gene sequence to other known genes to look for...
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