Barbara McClintock

Sam Olson

Barbara was born in Hartford, Connecticut, June 16, 1902. Being raised by her aunt and her parents on and off through her early years She attended Cornell University, and graduated as a biology major. She contributed greatly in her main field of work, genetics by studying the genetics of fruit flies and corn. She developed a way to observe the individual chromosomes of corn. The main focus of her work was the idea of "jumping genes" which was used to explain the motion of genes inside a chromosome. Her work was then applied to bacteria which lead to her Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology.

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