December 14, 1914 (a Monday)

Sol Spiegelman

On this date, the American molecular biologist Sol Spiegelman was born. He developed the technique of nucleic acid hybridization, which helped to lay the foundation for advances in recombinant DNA technology. He is also given credit for an experiment that produced a self-reproducing RNA chain of only 218 nucleotides, which was nick-named Spiegelman’s Monster.

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