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June 5, 2012
A Conversation with Dr. Marshall Nirenberg
Dr. Marshall Nirenberg, with co-winners Robert W. Holley and Hr Gobind Khorana, was awarded the 1968 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in recognition "for their interpretation of the genetic code and its function in protein synthesis." Dr. Nirenberg was the first NIH researcher and federal employee to receive the honor. His work helped set the stage for the genomic era we are living in today. In the summer of 2009, Dr. Nirenberg reflected on his NIH career (which began in 1957).