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Given a DNA strand, return its RNA complement (per RNA transcription).

Both DNA and RNA strands are a sequence of nucleotides.

The four nucleotides found in DNA are adenine (A), cytosine (C), guanine (G) and thymine (T).

The four nucleotides found in RNA are adenine (A), cytosine (C), guanine (G) and uracil (U).

Given a DNA strand, its transcribed RNA strand is formed by replacing each nucleotide with its complement:

  • G -> C
  • C -> G
  • T -> A
  • A -> U

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$ mix test

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Hyperphysics http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/Organic/transcription.html

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defmodule RnaTranscriptionTest do
  use ExUnit.Case

  # @tag :pending
  test "transcribes guanine to cytosine" do
    assert RnaTranscription.to_rna('G') == 'C'

  @tag :pending
  test "transcribes cytosine to guanine" do
    assert RnaTranscription.to_rna('C') == 'G'

  @tag :pending
  test "transcribes thymidine to adenine" do
    assert RnaTranscription.to_rna('T') == 'A'

  @tag :pending
  test "transcribes adenine to uracil" do
    assert RnaTranscription.to_rna('A') == 'U'

  @tag :pending
  test "it transcribes all dna nucleotides to rna equivalents" do
    assert RnaTranscription.to_rna('ACGTGGTCTTAA') == 'UGCACCAGAAUU'


ExUnit.configure(exclude: :pending, trace: true)
defmodule RnaTranscription do
  @rna %{
  	?G => ?C,
  	?C => ?G,
  	?T => ?A,
  	?A => ?U
  @doc """
  Transcribes a character list representing DNA nucleotides to RNA

  ## Examples

  iex> RnaTranscription.to_rna('ACTG')
  @spec to_rna([char]) :: [char]
  def to_rna(dna) do
  	Enum.map(dna, fn(char) -> @rna[char] end)

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