In this article, Jones and Nirenberg provide a progress report on code translation efforts. They find that almost every amino
acid tested can be coded by a polymer containing only two bases. The article includes approximations of nineteen triplet
codewords and suggests that any theory concerning the physical basis of the code must explain the available data revealing
the high coding efficiency of polynucleotides, marked codeword specificity, and degenerate codewords. The degeneracy model
of Gamov and Watson-Crick pairing are among some of the ideas discussed.
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Jones, Oliver W. Jr
Nirenberg, Marshall W.
Periodical: Jones, Oliver W. Jr, and Marshall W. Nirenberg. "Qualitative Survey of RNA Codewords." Proceedings of the National
Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 48, (1962): 2115-2123. Article. 9 Images.
National Academy of Sciences (U.S.)
Reproduced with permission of Marshall W. Nirenberg.
Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
Synthetic RNA and the Poly-U Experiments, 1959-1962
Translating the Code of Life and the Nobel Prize, 1962-1968
The Current Status of the RNA Code (1963)
Letter from Marshall W. Nirenberg to Francis Crick (November 16, 1962) (in The Francis Crick Papers)
Letter from Francis Crick to Marshall W. Nirenberg (December 5, 1962) (in The Francis Crick Papers)