Matthew Cobb: Race to Crack the Genetic Code

How was the genetic code cracked? How did it confirm the theory of evolution? And why did life evolve the way it did?

Matthew Cobb, Professor of Zoology at the University of Cardiff, unravels the tangled story.

This is a brand new video, uploaded to Youtube Jul 28, 2015. It’s a 38-minute video of Matthew Cobb discussing how Watson and Crick discovered the structure of the DNA molecule and how Nirenberg and Matthaei cracked the genetic code in the 1950s and early 1960s. Genetics was tough back then!

He reveals that a mutation in the DUNCE gene in flies inhibits their learning ability and that we have a similar gene that seems to do something similar. This discovery in 1976 made him want to “use flies to understand the links between genes and behavior.”

In a couple of days, I’ll post a similar video by Nick Lane on the subject of “Why Is Life the Way It Is?” These men are both great speakers, and the short videos are so interesting and informative that I felt compelled to post them here. If you’re interested in the subjects, check them out.

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