[Draft of "Genetic Versus Neural Information Processing Systems"]
This draft outlines Marshall Nirenberg's "speculations" as to the analogous relationship between the genetic code
and the neural code. This talk was Nirenberg's most complete account of his considerations of the neural code and its
relationship to the genetic code. When Nirenberg was asked to participate in a symposium on mental retardation in 1969, he
insisted that his speech not be published as it was overly speculative and therefore did not meet the standards of his other
scientific work. This draft of this speech compares the genetic code that directs protein synthesis with the neural code
that directs neural processes. Topics covered in the talk include information storage and retrieval, questions of origins
and evolution, and molecular-level mechanisms.
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1969-03-27 (March 27, 1969)
Nirenberg, Marshall W.
Reproduced with permission of Marshall W. Nirenberg.
Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
Transition to Neurobiology, 1965-1969
[Dictation of a Howard University talk acceptance letter] (January 21, 1969)
Genetic Versus Neural Information Processing Systems (October 1969)