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Marshall Nirenberg, Forgotten Father of the Genetic Code, Dies

You can say "Watson and Crick" in one breath, but should you try squeezing in "Nirenberg"? Along with Robert W. Holley and Har Gobind Khoran, Marshall Nirenberg won the Nobel Prize in 1968 for deciphering the genetic code—a discovery that never did for Nirenberg what the double-helix did for James Watson and Francis Crick, although it probably should have.Because maybe then, people would not misattribute the work...

January 22, 2010 — Philip Yam
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