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10/04/1927 American biochemist Marshall Warren Nirenberg is born


A Conversation with Dr. Marshall Nirenberg


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The genetic code


What is DNA and How Does it Work?

Nirenberg was one of the people who broke the genetic code. Proteins are chains of twenty basic amino acids. Their order is written in DNA. Every acid is coded by a group of three bases. Nirenberg together with Heinrich Matthaei discovered first association of such triplet with actual amino acid.
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