Published: Tue, January 09, 2018
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

Google honours Nobel laureate Har Gobind Khorana with a doodle

Google honours Nobel laureate Har Gobind Khorana with a doodle

Har Gobind Khorana is known for extensive research on DNA.

"Today's Doodle celebrates Har Gobind Khorana, an Indian-American biochemist whose passion for science started under a tree in the small village of Raipur, India, and grew into Nobel Prize-winning research on nucleotides and genes", read the Google doodle website.

Khorana did stints in research institutions in Switzerland and Canada before landing at the Institute for Enzyme Research and the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Dr. Khorana was recognized for his all-embracing research on DNA and also for creating the first synthetic gene.

There are four types of nucleotides in DNA and RNA, and the order in which they are placed determines the structure of the double helix - the shape that makes up each of our DNA molecules.

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Khorana was honoured with several awards in his lifetime including the National Medal of Science. Proteins are responsible for basic form and functions.

Google doodle on Har Gobind Khorana. Khorana was also the first scientist to chemically synthesize oligonucleotides. His death was announced by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he was a professor emeritus. The tiny engineered organism was a massive leap forward, helping launch the biotechnology sector and blazing a trail for scientists looking to manipulate life at its most fundamental levels, including recent work on editing genomes using the CRISPR/Cas9 system.

Khorana died November 9, 2011, at the age of 89. "He went to the University of Liverpool where he obtained his doctorate". "It was the introduction of Khorana to Western civilization and culture", the Nobel biography says.

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