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Google doodles on Har Gobind Khorana’s 96th birthday

Google doodles on Har Gobind Khorana’s 96th birthday

India Blooms News Service | | 09 Jan 2018, 08:35 am

New York, Jan 9 (IBNS): Popular search engine Google on Tuesday designed its homepage with a doodle to mark Nobel prize winning  Indian-American biochemist Har Gobind Khorana on his 96th birth anniversary.

Khorana was born in 1922.

"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 conducted research at universities in England, Switzerland, and Canada, and it was at the University of Wisconsin that he and two fellow researchers received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1968, the Google doodle website said.

Together, they discovered that the order of nucleotides in our DNA determines which amino acids are built. These amino acids form proteins, which carry out essential cell functions.

His accomplishments didn’t stop there. Fewer than five years later, Khorana made a second scientific breakthrough when he constructed the first synthetic gene, read the website.

He received a host of awards during his lifetime, including the National Medal of Science.

Speaking on the doodle, Google said: "Bangalore-based illustrator Rohan Dahotre drew today’s Doodle, which celebrates Dr. Khorana’s pioneering work in understanding our DNA."