In the fifty years since the landmark presentation of the preliminary identification of all 64 codons that make up the genetic code (at the IUB meeting in New York City, July 31st, 1964), the deciphering of the code has opened a universe of opportunity in scientific and medical discoveries. Exactly fifty years later, this symposium will honor the legacy of Nobel Laureate Marshall Nirenberg for his discovery and its impact on many aspects of science. The cutting-edge work of other scientists at the frontiers of today’s ongoing research as a result of the code being deciphered will be showcased. Speakers will explore the current state of the genetic code and the use of the many tools and principles within the field of chemistry to probe the molecules and processes of living cells, flow of genetic information from DNA to RNA to protein, and the broader impacts of the application of this knowledge in therapeutic areas such as cancer, Alzheimer’s Disease, and age-related cognitive decline. A panel of experts will turn the focus to legal, ethical, and social considerations that surround applications of the genetic code. Join us for this 50th year anniversary honoring Marshall Nirenberg, reflect on the impact of his discovery, and explore the frontiers of current research as a result of unraveling the code.
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