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Elizabeth Blackburn
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    (November 26, 1948- )
    Born in Hobart, Australia
    Winner of the 2009 Noble Prize in Medicine or Physiology
    Won for 'the discovery of how chromosomes are protected by telomeres and the enzyme telomerase'
    Shared prize with co-researchers Carol Greider and Jack Szostak
    BS & MS from the University of Melbourne and PhD from the University of Cambridge
    Taught at the University of California San Francisco
    Named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine in 2007
    Native of Hobart, Tasmania
    First Australian woman to win a Nobel Prize
    Author of almost 150 journal articles, over 50 book reviews and holds 5 patents
    Winner of the Wiley Prize, the Albert Lasker Award, a National Academy of Science Award and the Louisa Gross Horowitz Prize among others
    She was fired from the President's Council on Bioethics for advocating the use of aborted fetuses in research.
    She used her high school chemistry lab to make fireworks.
    Her discovery of telomerase started with her studying pond scum.
    She used to sing to small animals she would catch when she was little, including poisonous jellyfish.
    Despite her incredible accomplishments, she still kicks about discrimination against women in science.
    Telomerase helps maintain chromosomes. If this can be reversed, then out of control cell growths like cancer can be reversed.
    She worked very hard to mentor young scientists, especially young women.
    One of her mentorees is Carol Greider, with whom she shares her Nobel Prize.
    She is a charming and popular public speaker.
    She is an outstanding role model for young women everywhere.

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