Some Footnotes on Protein Synthesis: A Note for the RNA Tie Club


Title:
Some Footnotes on Protein Synthesis: A Note for the RNA Tie Club
Creator:
Crick, Francis, 1916-2004
Brenner, Sydney
Date:
December 1959
Description:
In this privately circulated paper, Crick and Brenner refined Crick's original theory that amino acids are captured and assembled into a polypeptide chain by adaptor molecules according to instructions provided by messenger RNA. The adaptor molecules consisted of soluble RNA (called transfer RNA, or tRNA by the mid-1960s) and protein.. In the second part of the paper Crick and Brenner tried to resolve complications that arose from the assumption, then widely held, that ribosomal RNA was the messenger. Especially puzzling was the fact that ribosomal RNA appeared in only two lengths, whereas the polypeptide chains for which RNA coded were of widely varying lengths. Within two years, this complication was resolved when it became clear that the ribosome was an inert head for reading off the sequence of bases on messenger RNA, which in turn was identified as its own distinct form of RNA.
Original Repository:
The Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine. Francis Harry Compton Crick Papers
Location:
Box: 80. Folder: PP/CRI/H/2/34
Rights:
Reproduced with permission of the Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine. and http://library.wellcome.ac.uk/
Genre:
Articles
Drafts (documents)
Subject:
Molecular Biology and RNA
Format:
Text
Extent:
9 pages
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:
SCBBFV
NLM ID:
101584582X66
Profiles Collection:
The Francis Crick Papers
Story Section:
Deciphering the Genetic Code, 1958-1966