Sean Eddy sre at
Fri Jun 18 02:38:30 EST 1993

In article <2635.2c20d7de at> mb_nelson at 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.

- Sean Eddy
- Laboratory of Molecular Biology, MRC, Cambridge UK
- sre at

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