Marshall Warren Nirenberg (1927–2010)

  title={Marshall Warren Nirenberg (1927–2010)},
  author={Paul A. Leder},
  pages={972 - 972}
  • P. Leder
  • Published 19 February 2010
  • Biology
  • Science
Passion and curiosity spurred a soft-spoken biologist to lead the fierce race to crack the code of life. Of all the astonishing advances and discoveries of 20th-century biology, few compare to the elucidation of the genetic code in terms of importance and universal impact. The code is the Rosetta Stone of life, specifying how genetic information in the form of a linear array of four nucleotides in RNA directs the incorporation of each of the 20 amino acids into proteins. 
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