Google Doodle glorifies DNA researcher Har Gobind Khorana on his birthday

Khorana was born in 1922 in Raipur which today is in eastern Pakistan. His father Ganpat Rai Khorana worked as a taxation clerk

The Google on Tuesday celebrated the 96th birth anniversary of Indian-American biochemist Har Gobind Khorana with a Doodle. "Scholarships helped propel the budding scientist through his scholastic journey, obtaining his doctorate in organic chemistry in 1948", noted Google.

He was born in 1922 in the village of Raipur, Punjab, in what is now in Pakistan, Dr. Khorana's love for science began at an early age and that was thanks to his father who believed in the value of education. Dr. Khorana's research work on this field was centered on constructing different RNA chains with the aid of enzymes.

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He shared the award with Marshall W Nirenberg and Robert W Holley.

There are four types of nucleotides in DNA and RNA, and the order in which they are placed determines the structure of the double helix - the shape that makes up each of our DNA molecules. Proteins are responsible for basic form and functions.

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After less than five years, Khorana again made a scientific breakthrough by constructing the first synthetic gene. He completed his PhD after being awarded a scholarship by the Indian government to pursue doctoral studies at the University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom, in 1948.

Some might be content to stop at winning the Nobel Prize, but for Khorana that was just the beginning. Dr. Khorana got hold of a degree in Punjab University in Lahore and resided in British India till 1945 then he moved to England for his higher studies in the Ph.D programme at the University of Liverpool. In his biography, Prelog is credited for moulding "immeasurably his thought and philosophy towards science, work, and effort". Har Gobind Khorana is known for extensive research on DNA.

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