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, Volume 1, Issue 10, pp 56-62

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Barbara McClintock and the discovery of jumping genes

  • Vidyanand NanjundiahAffiliated withDevelopmental Biology and Genetics Laboratory, Indian Institute of Science

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Barbara McClintock’s life shows us how important it is to nurture original and unconventional thinking in science if we are to get out of the rut of ordinariness. After a long period of relative neglect, she was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1983 for her work on genetic instability (transposition).