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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.


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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