Nobel Prize: The Code-Breakers

One of the most remarkable characteristics of living beings is their ability to pass inherited features from one generation to the next. And one of the greatest of man's scientific triumphs has been the discovery of the method by which the genes transmit and translate the message of heredity. Last week, for their ingenious work in breaking the genetic code, U.S. Molecular Biologists Marshall Nirenberg, 41, Har Gobind Khorana, 46, and Robert Holley, 46, were jointly awarded the 1968 Nobel prize for physiology and medicine.

Long before the three new Nobel laureates began...

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