Letter from Marshall W. Nirenberg to Francis Crick


Title:
Letter from Marshall W. Nirenberg to Francis Crick
Creator:
Nirenberg, Marshall W.
Recipient:
Crick, Francis, 1916-2004
Date:
1 June 1965
Description:
In this letter Nirenberg reported on the ongoing effort of his laboratory to identify the codons (nucleotide triplets) that specify each of the twenty common amino acids during protein synthesis. (A nucleotide is made of a base and the sugar and phosphate groups of the DNA or RNA backbone to which it binds.) The elucidation of the genetic code was completed the following year, including the identification of three nonsense triplets (mentioned in the letter) that did not code for any amino acid.
Original Repository:
The Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine. Francis Harry Compton Crick Papers
Location:
Box: 36. Folder: PP/CRI/E/1/13/10
Rights:
Public Domain
Genre:
Letters (correspondence)
Subject:
Genetic Code
Format:
Text
Extent:
2 pages
Relation:
Letter from Francis Crick to Marshall W. Nirenberg, 1965
Language:
English
Legacy Source Citation:
Original Repository. Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine. Francis Harry Compton Crick Papers. 11646. URL. http://archives.wellcome.ac.uk/
Legacy ID:
SCBBDC
NLM ID:
101584582X33
Profiles Collection:
The Francis Crick Papers
Story Section:
Deciphering the Genetic Code, 1958-1966