Barbara Mcclintock: Genius of Genetics

Barbara Mcclintock: Genius of Genetics

by Naomi E. Pasachoff




Barbara McClintock was a pioneering scientist in the field of genetics at a time when nearly all scientists were men. Her experiments with corn led to the surprising discovery that genes can move over generations from one place on the genome to another and even from one type of organism to another. In 1983, almost forty years after her discovery of so-called "jumping genes," McClintock became the first woman ever to be awarded an unshared Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine.

The significance of McClintock's discovery was not immediately apparent, however, and for decades few scientists seemed interested in her research. McClintock nonetheless persevered, continuing her careful work in her corn fields and in her laboratory. Today numerous researchers trace their work back to hers. The profound implications of McClintock's work continue to unfold-just as the story of her life continues to intrigue and inspire.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780766025059
Publisher: Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date: 04/28/2006
Series: Great Minds of Science Series
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 6.80(w) x 9.34(h) x 0.48(d)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

Table of Contents

1The Original Big Mac7
2The Odd Member of the Family15
3The Three M's of Genetics24
4The Golden Age of Maize Cytogenetics at Cornell32
5Fellowships at Home and Abroad47
6From the Wrong Job to the Right One59
7"Jumping Genes" and "Controlling Elements"71
8One of the Intellectual Giants of Her Time82
Chapter Notes104
Further Reading and Internet Addresses125

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