Barbara McClintock

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Barbara McClintock

Barbara McClintock


Life And Work: Barbara knew that she wanted to work on chromosomes and how they changed during reproduction in the maize. She focused on studying that and then she did groundbreaking research on this phenomenen. Barbara was the winner of the 1983 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for her study in genetic elements and genetic regulation. Also, no one accompanied Barbara while she was working.

Basic Facts about Barbara: Barbara McClintock was born on June 16th, 1902, in Connecticut, and died at the age of 90, on September 2nd, 1992. She moved to Brooklyn, and that was where she grew up. Barbara was named Eleanor McClintock when she was born, but her parents changed her name to Barbara because it sounded more masculine, and more in tune with her independent spirit. She had 2 older sisters, one younger brother, along with her parents. Her country of origin was Scotish, and American. She went to Cornell University, the College of Agriculture.

Scientific Discoveries: Barbara had one major discovery, which was jumping genes that are transposons, they are like colored corn. Barbara had helped usher in the golden age of maize genetics in the first half of the 1930's

Interesting Facts about Barbara:

Barbara was an active girl, she played sports like volleyball, skating, and swimming. She also went to a school in the field of cytology.

Barbara was influenced by someone named Issac Newton.

She Returned to Cornell University for several years then went to the University of Missouri.

Reward- 6 peices of jumping genes


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