Barbara McClintock

  • Lee B. Kass
  • Paul Chomet

Barbara McClintock, pioneering plant geneticist and winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1983, is best known for her discovery of transposable genetic elements in corn. This chapter provides an overview of many of her key findings, some of which have been outlined and described elsewhere. We also provide a new look at McClintock's early contributions, based on our readings of her primary publications and documents found in archives. We expect the reader will gain insight and appreciation for Barbara McClintock's unique perspective, elegant experiments and unprecedented scientific achievements.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lee B. Kass
    • 1
  • Paul Chomet
    • 2
  1. 1.Cornell UniversityIthaca
  2. 2.Monsanto Co.Mystic

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