General Nature of the Genetic Code for Proteins

  title={General Nature of the Genetic Code for Proteins},
  author={F. Crick and L. Barnett and S. Brenner and R. J. Watts-tobin},
  • F. Crick, L. Barnett, +1 author R. J. Watts-tobin
  • Published 1961
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Nature
  • In this paper Crick, Brenner, and their collaborators described a very elegant series of genetic experiments by which they proved that the genetic code for protein was a triplet code. They used an acridine dye, proflavin, to induce mutations in a specific, well-studied gene of a virus, a so-called bacteriophage, that attacked the bacterium Escherichia coli. The effect of proflavin was to either eliminate a single nucleotide from the gene or to add a nucleotide, each of which had the effect… CONTINUE READING
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