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When mRNA is ready for splicing it is known as a primary transcript. Primary transcripts contains exons and introns.
The spliceosome mediates mRNA splicing.
The intron is first cleaved at its 5' end.
Cleavage then occurs at the 3' end of the intron.
Following the removal of the intron, the two exons are combined to form a mature strand of mRNA. The mRNA is then ready to undergo translation.