Nobel winner helped unravel genetic code
Sydney Brenner, a Nobel Prize-winning biologist who helped decipher the genetic code and whose research on a roundworm sparked a new field of human disease research, has died. He was 92.
The Salk Institute for Biological Studies in California, where Brenner spent part of his sevendecade career, said he died Friday in Singapore.
“He will be remembered in perpetuity for his brilliant discoveries that ushered in a new era of science and a new generation of scientists,” said Ronald Evans, a biologist at the institute.
Brenner shared the Nobel Prize in medicine in 2002 for work unraveling how genes control cell division. He and two colleagues traced a roundworm to determine how cells create something new.
His most important contribution was the work he did with Francis Crick, the co-discoverer of DNA, and others to determine the genetic code.