Volume 85 Issue 4 | pp. 38-40
Issue Date: January 22, 2007

Silent No Longer

Researchers unearth anotherstratum of meaning in the genetic code
Department: Science & Technology

The more scientists study the genetic code, the more it reads like poetry. In a poem, every word, every line break, even every syllable can carry more than a literal meaning. So too can the molecular letters, syllables, and words of the genetic code carry more biologically relevant meanings than they appear to at first.

Now, a cadre of researchers is discovering intriguing depths of meaning in "synonyms" in the genetic code—very short wordlike sequences, . . .

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