The author reports that Nirenberg "announced his achievement"--deciphering the first word of the genetic code--at
the Moscow International Biochemical Congress in August 1961. The news, however, did not leak to the press until December
when a group of researchers from New York University announced they had "taken Dr. Nirenberg's code-breaking procedure
several steps further and deciphered fourteen out of twenty words of the code of life, and had thus effectively broken it."
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Periodical: Ubell, Earl. "The Code of Life Finally Cracked." New York Herald Tribune, (24 December 1961). Newspaper Column. 1