B is for Elizabeth Blackburn – Molecular Biologist
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Elizabeth Blackburn is a molecular biologist who is a world expert on telomeres, structures on the ends of chromosomes that serve to protect the genetic information therein. She discovered the molecular structure of the telomere and in 2009, she was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for co-discovering the enzyme telomerase.
She continues to study the influence of stress on the activity of telomerase and the size of the telomere and the effects this has on human health.
Scientist (Paleontology, Geochemistry, Geology); Writer (Speculative and Science Fiction, plus technical and non-technical Science); Mom to great boy on the Autism spectrum; possessor of too many hobbies.
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