Barbara McClintock: An Inspirational Scientist

Tuesday April 30, 2013

By Shanon Trueman

If you are a biology buff, and are looking for a role model, you may consider reading up on Dr. Barbara McClintock. Dr. McClintock was an American scientist who won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1983, when she was 81 years old. She studied botany in school, but her concentration was in a field called cytogenetics, which is the study of chromosomes. Chromosomes are the structures within the cell nucleus which carry DNA, which is kind of like the instruction manual for life!

Learn more about this distinguished scientist's career, life, and discoveries. Also, note that both girls AND boys will find her equally inspirational!

McClintock studied maize genetics. USDA-ARS

Photo: Different corn lines. USDA-ARS


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