Alan Garen

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Alan Garen
Born (1926-03-26) March 26, 1926 (age 95)
United States
Alma materUniversity of Colorado
Known forGenetics
Scientific career
InstitutionsYale University
Doctoral advisorTheodore T. Puck

Alan Garen is geneticist, who co-discovered suppressor mutations for tRNA. The Garen lab also showed that certain triplet codons (5'-UAG, 5'-UAA, and 5'-UGA) failed to bind amino acids.[1] Thus, the Garen lab and Brenner labs are both credited with discovery of the stop codons of the genetic code.[2] Garen is currently a professor at Yale University. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.


  1. ^ Weigert M, Galluci E, Lanka E, Garen A (1966). "Characteristics of the genetic code in vivo". Cold Spring Harb Symp Quant Biol. 31: 145–150. doi:10.1101/sqb.1966.031.01.022. PMID 4866371.
  2. ^ Stretton AO, Kaplan S, Brenner S (1966). "Nonsense codons". Cold Spring Harb Symp Quant Biol. 31: 173–179. doi:10.1101/sqb.1966.031.01.025. PMID 5237189.

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