The term anti-sense comes from the fact that messenger RNA is synthesized from one of the two strands of the DNA double helix – that strand is called the template, or sense strand. The complementary strand of DNA is called the anti-sense strand. The two DNA strands – sense and anti sense – are complementary to each other and form a double helix. The two RNA strands produced from these DNA strands are also complementary. When bound into a double helix, the RNA strands cannot function to produce proteins.
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