No­bel win­ner helped un­ravel ge­netic code

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Obituaries - As­so­ci­ated Press

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.

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