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World Thinkers 2015: Elizabeth Blackburn

Biologist and bioethicist. United States/Australia

By Prospect Team  

Blackburn, a Nobel Prize winner and professor at the University of California, co-discovered the enzyme that replenishes telomeres—stretches of DNA that prevent cells from premature ageing. Her work could have profound implications for fighting diseases, though this application is as yet unproven.

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Further reading:

Elizabeth Blackburn profile at UCSF

Elizabeth H. Blackburn—Interview Nobel Prize interview with Blackburn.

Elizabeth Blackburn: Telomeres and Telomerase Lecture series discussing Blackburn’s work in the field of telomeres.

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