Solve the hidden messages

You're going to see how the body knows how to work, using a bit of machinery called the spliceosome. Gain points from decoding the hidden messages and see how good a spliceosome you are!

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Can you read the messages below? Find a hidden word in each line and put them together to build the message. There's a hint underneath to show you how many letters should be in each word of the message.
 

Message number one


1 KDOLWBUCYOURIQEHFBGPLIGKDBVZXW

2 SAHGFIPLTRDNBHGDVBODYVOJUYSMNH

3 CONTAINSJVXCDEQWPOYUJFHYRTEMDI

4 MONCIKJEYXOTGWDINSTRUCTIONSWYH

5 LNAFXFORQSNYQNVZODSLWKKDJFENAI

6 JNZNCQPTYIWBGLNCKMPLIFEXXGHKML

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Message number two


1 KDOLWBUCMITHESEFBGPLIGKDBVZXW

2 AHGFIPLTRDNBHGDVINSTRUCTIONSVO

3 YISMNHGAREJVXCDEQWPOYUJFHYRTE

4 IUMKNCIKJEYXQFGWDHIDDENHLLNAFN

5 TQSBDLWITHINPGHKJSHDGRWNFHHDSL

6 HQKMDHLPQMNCDHGFGIBBERISHGQNL

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Message number three


1 LKJDXMKDJWBVYGBJXWNSBNKHIDDENF

2 DXZJCBWORDSVXZMBSNLKLDCQPNCFW

3 FWIJKSFYZDRGWITHINCBVNMVXNBLKJ

4 INSTRUCTIONSVNZMPQMCVNMXVCNLK

5 GDFLHZCLKJHFVDNCVBUILDXZDJVLKD

6 FFMEANINGFULVKHNVZXMVNDKJHJFFT

7 KMZQWSIWXNMJEDVBMESSAGESREGF

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Want to find out more? Check out this video on RNA splicing.

 

The science

  • We are made of cells and they need instructions to work.
     
  • Instructions are genes, which are made of DNA. But the useful bits are hidden among gibberish.
     
  • Our cells have to find, cut and paste the right words within the instructions to build messages that make sense
     
  • This process is known as splicing and the spliceosome the bit of the cell that is responsible for this job.

The answers