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Why can the genetic code be qualified as a "degenerate code"?

The genetic code is a degenerate code because there are amino acids codified by more than one type of codon. It is not a system in which every element is codified by only one codifying unit.

For instance, the amino acid arginine is codified by six codons: CGU, CGC, CGA, CGG, AGA and AGG.

 


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