AMBER - OCHRE - OPAL EXPLANATION PLEASE!!!

Sean Eddy sre at al.cam.ac.uk
Fri Jun 18 02:38:30 EST 1993


In article <2635.2c20d7de at mbcl.rutgers.edu> mb_nelson at mbcl.rutgers.edu writes:

  >does anybody know why the names amber, ochre, and opal were given to the
  >stop codons?? I read in a text book that it was because of some 
  >laboratory joke but the book didn't say what the joke was.  

The story told in disreputable bars by bacteriophage T4 groups was that
"Amber" was the name of Harris Bernstein's grandmother. The other stop
codons were named just as colors.

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- Sean Eddy
- Laboratory of Molecular Biology, MRC, Cambridge UK
- sre at mrc-lmb.cam.ac.uk



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