Long time, no blogging. Breaking the silence with something a bit different than my usual content – a molecular biology question for you.
So a colleague posted this link to Yammer; a collection of images selected for the Voyager Golden Record. The record was designed as a “time capsule” illustrating aspects of life on Earth and was launched on the Voyager spacecraft in 1977.
You see why I’m confused, right? The symbol used for cytosine is “S”.
I’ve had two suggestions so far. First:
Second – someone has suggested that they had already used “C” for carbon and wanted to avoid confusion.
Or – was “S” commonly used as the symbol for cytosine in 1977? I know it can mean “C or G”, but that does not make sense in this context. Or is it – surely not – an error?
My web searches on the topic are leading nowhere, so if you know the answer – let’s hear it!