For the first time since the series of contests began in November 2008, the same individuals have won prizes for successfully figuring out the answers to two different “GEN Cryptogram Challenges.”
Last fall, Adrienne Halupa, Ph.D., project manager/research associate in the department of chemistry at the University of Toronto, and teammate Stephen Ross, senior software developer at Devlin eBusiness Architects, cracked the code embedded in a 96-well plate image.
Now the two Canadians have done it again. No small feat, to which the roughly 900 other Cryptogram Challenge, RNAi-2 registrants would attest! After seeing the 14th clue, Adrienne and Stephen nailed down the correct response: “You Hone a Signal.”
GEN, its partner, Scintellix, and sponsor, Invitrogen, part of Life Technologies, wish to congratulate Adrienne and Stephen for their outstanding accomplishment. The winners received two awards: a $1,500 cash prize and the choice of an advanced laboratory instrument from Invitrogen. They decided upon the Countess® automated cell counter, which they are generously donating to the University Health Network in Toronto.
Peter C. Johnson, M.D., president and CEO of Scintellix, as well as the artist who creates all the puzzles, told Adrienne and Stephen that he could not wait “to have you two take on the next one. What the Cryptogram Challenges have taught me is how smart the people are out there who are solving them,” he said, “and you are both the leaders in that category right now because you’ve solved two.”