EXHIBIT: Cracking the Code

Science  28 May 2004:
Vol. 304, Issue 5675, pp. 1221
DOI: 10.1126/science.304.5675.1221d

Everyone knows the names Watson and Crick, but how about Marshall Nirenberg? The National Institutes of Health biochemist figured out that triplets of DNA bases code for specific amino acids in 1961, 8 years after James Watson and Francis Crick unraveled DNA's helical structure. This new online exhibit chronicles the race to break the code by Nirenberg, who later won the Nobel Prize.

www.history.nih.gov/exhibits/nirenberg

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