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Prof. Obaid Siddiqi, who discovered Stop Codons in the Genetic Code died

Jul 28, 2013 09:27 IST

Noted biologist, Prof. Obaid Siddiqi died on 26 July 2013 due to injuries that he sustained after meeting an accident. He was 81. He was known for his pioneer work of identifying the process that how taste and smell are detected and coded in Brain. He is now survived by his wife Asiya, two sons Imran and Kalim and two daughters Yumna and Diba.

About Prof. Obaid Siddiqui
• He was one of the most eminent scientists of India.
• Obaid Siddiqi was the National Research Professor at the National Centre for Biological Sciences, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, in Bangalore.
• He recieved his earky education at Aligarh Muslim University.
• He completed his Ph.D. from University of Glasgow, where he worked on microbial genetics with Harbor Pontecorvo.
• At the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory of University of Pennsylvania, he carried out his post-doctoral research with Alan Garen. This work helped him in discovering the stop codons in the genetic code and also the mechanism of chain termination during protein synthesis.
• He was born in 1932 in Uttar Pradesh
• He was responsible for setting-up of the Molecular Biology Unit at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai in 1962

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