The Language of Proteins

  • J. H. Parish
Conference paper


The expression of genes involves processes for which the decoding of a language represents a metaphor. The final part of the process involves the acquisition of a three dimensional fold and to extend the metaphor the protein sequence is like a prose description of a three dimensional object. The rules for interpreting this language might not be the same for all protein families and, in this sense, the protein sequences might be regarded as automata.


Genetic Code Enzyme Catalysed Reaction Full Stop Tomato Mosaic Virus Relate Protein Sequence 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. H. Parish
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  1. 1.School of Biochemistry and Molecular BiologyThe University of LeedsLeedsUK

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