Table of the Genetic Code
In 1968 Nirenberg & Khorana jointly were awarded the Nobel Prize for
the elucidation of the Genetic Code.
Most codons for a given amino acid differ only in the last
(third) base of the triplet (exceptions: Leu, Arg, Ser)
One codon (AUG or Met) also signals the START
of a polypeptide chain.
Three codons (UAA, UAG and
are used to signal the END of a polypeptide chain (STOP codons)
For a historical account of the cracking of the Genetic
Code click here.
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