Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Barbara McClintock (1902-1992)
There is no question that plants have [all] kinds of sensitivities. But just because they sit there, anybody walking down the road considers them just a plastic area to look at, [as if] they're not really alive.
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Barbara McClintock (June 16, 1902 - September 2, 1992) is an American geneticist who discovered transposable elements while seeking to explain the coloring patters of maize (corn) seeds. Her work was overlooked for many years, because it did not fit the then-accepted models of genetics. McClintock was born in Brooklyn, NY. She earned her B.A. and Ph.D. from Cornell University. She was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1983. [This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License and uses material adapted in whole or in part from the Wikipedia article on Barbara McClintock.]
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