The Central Dogma in prokaryotic cells

In prokaryotes, in the absence of a nuclear membrane, DNA Transcription and RNA Translation are not physically separated.  The RNA transcript can be directly translated into Protein.

[Note a potential source of confusion: "RNA is transcribed" from DNA, "RNA is translated" into Protein, and "Protein is translated" from RNA. It is important to be specific when describing these processes.]

Figure © 1996 by Griffiths et al. ; text © 2014 by Steven M. Carr