, Volume 1, Issue 10, pp 56–62 | Cite as

Barbara McClintock and the discovery of jumping genes

  • Vidyanand Nanjundiah
General Article


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).


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Suggested Reading

  1. Evelyn Fox Keller.A feeling for an organism, The life and work of Barbara McClintock. W H Freeman & Company. New York, 1983.Google Scholar
  2. Fedoroff N V. Transposable genetic elements in maize.Sci. Am. June, 1984.Google Scholar

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© Indian Academy of Sciences 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • Vidyanand Nanjundiah
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  1. 1.Developmental Biology and Genetics LaboratoryIndian Institute of ScienceBangaloreIndia

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