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 (ăn′tē-kō′dŏn, ăn′tī-)
A sequence of three adjacent nucleotides in transfer RNA that binds to a corresponding codon in messenger RNA and designates a specific amino acid during protein synthesis.


a three-base unit of genetic code contained in transfer RNA that corresponds to a codon region on messenger RNA, involved in genetic translation


(ˌæn tiˈkoʊ dɒn, ˌæn taɪ-)

a set of three nucleotide bases at the loop end of tRNA that forms base pairs with the codon of messenger RNA.
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The traditional approach to producing more tRNAs would have been to change the anticodons of existing ones, giving rise to a new class of amino acids proliferating across the code while systematically reshuffling a large number of codons in the process.
Crick gave flexible rules for pairing the third base of the codon with the first base of the anticodon, to the extent that a single tRNA type would be able to recognize up to three codons.
However, Meyer either avoids, or is simply unaware of, a significant amount of research in this area that has demonstrated chemical interactions between amino acids and their cognate anticodons or codons.