Two scientists from Canada have figured out the answer to the Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News Cryptogram Challenge. Adrienne Halupa, Ph.D., serves as project manager/research associate in the department of chemistry at the University of Toronto. Stephen Ross works as senior software developer at Toronto-based Devlin eBusiness Architects.
GEN, along with partner, Scintellix, and sponsor, Invitrogen, part of Life Technologies, congratulate Dr. Halupa and Ross on cracking the code embedded in the 96-well plate image.
In addition to being a co-winner of the $1,500 award, Dr. Halupa chose a second prize that was offered: one of three bench-top devices from Invitrogen. She selected the Neon™ transfection system for transfecting DNA and siRNA into any animal cell type.
“I think it’s the best option for our type of work,” said Dr. Halupa.
The answer to the Challenge was a statement by the famous Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw that “No question is so difficult to answer as that to which the answer is obvious.”
Peter C. Johnson, M.D., artist, and president and CEO of Scintellix, created the Cryptogram Challenge and said he “chose this statement for its ironic value in the context of a cryptogram.”